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Benchmarking with Company of Heroes and Crysis

Performance Comparisons with Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes
Relic Entertainment's World War II era real-time strategy game Company of Heroes was originally released as a DirectX 9 title for Windows, but recent upates to the game have incorporated support for new DirectX 10 features that improve image quality and enhance the game's finer graphical details. The game features a built-in performance test, which which we used to attain the results below. Our Company of Heroes tests were run at resolutions of 1024x768, 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and all of the game's image-quality related options set to high.

With a decent processor, all three cards ran Company of Heroes well at 1024x768 with performance decreasing a fair amount as resolutions were increased.  What we do see here is that the Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 managed to soften the blow with each step in resolution compared to the other two models.  Regardless, at these image settings, 1280x1024 was the maximum reasonable resolution for gaming without decreasing image quality.

Performance Comparisons with Crysis

If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player demo of the hot, new FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on a computer screen to date. The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering, like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet. In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is HOT. We ran the SP demo with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.

With Crysis, all three cards struggled with this caliber of game.  Crysis is a extremely hard on even premium class hardware, so while these cards may be up to casual gaming, running a game like Crysis simply isn't a good idea without seriously decreasing image quality.

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