BFG's GTX 295 H2OC: Water-Cooled Graphics

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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is an aerial warfare video game that takes place during the time of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.  Players have the opportunity to take the throttle of over 50 famous aircrafts in both solo and 4-player co-op missions, and take them over real world locations & cities in photo-realistic environments created with the best commercial satellite data provided by GeoEye.  We used the built-in performance test, with DirectX 10.1 enabled for the Radeon cards. Ambient Occlusion was set to "High" for our 1680x1050 benchmark and "Very High" at 1900x1200. Please note that H.A.W.X's and ATI's Radeon HD 4000 series have a problem with each other when anisotropic filtering is enabled. Specifically, turning it on hits ATI's performance like a frozen chicken fired at a turboprop. While I've included Radeon results for H.A.W.X, performance can be boosted significantly by turning AF off. NVIDIA's GTX 295's don't suffer from this problem.

More of what's been happening throughout is seen here again. Again, BFG's H2OC leads. The Radeon's performance increases by 30-40 fps if we turn AF off completely, though you don't see that represented in the graph above, since we tested with AA on exclusively.  We've made ATI aware of the problem, which is likely a driver issue, but the company has yet to incorporate a fix.

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