Gaming BenchmarksDiRT 3
In DiRT 3, we managed to run the game at absolutely maxed settings at 1920x1080 on all of the cards that we tested. In the graph, we showed the minimum, average, and maximum FPS. The minimum framerate is, to us, the most important one since if it dips below around 30 FPS, there is a chance of lag. In this game, though, none of the cards really got even close to 30 FPS. Looking at the average frame rates, though, all of the cards were within 13 FPS of eachother, indicating to us that the performance difference in this game really wasn't that huge and the GTX 560 Ti OC would be a much better value.Battlefield 3
In Battlefield 3, we tested all of our cards for their maximum, minimum and average speeds. Interestingly enough, we noticed that once again the average frame rates really did not vary greatly, nor did the minimum frame rate. In this game, we ran the settings at High presets at 1920x1080 instead of Ultra in order to make sure that the game was actually playable. Looking at these figures, though we can clearly see that all of the cards tested stayed well above 30 FPS in their low, and the AMD Radeon HD 6950 unlocked card actually maxed out at 113 FPS even though the average was somewhere much lower at 76 FPS. If you take a look at the Zotac card's average frame rate, though, you'll see it was around 60 FPS which is really quite perfect and indicates that this card is a great value.Metro 2033
In Metro 2033 we took a look at the maximum, minimum, and average again while running the game at the high preset at 1920x1080. Judging by our results, this game is pretty biased against the NVIDIA cards since their minimum FPS were extremely close together with the GTX 560 Ti actually coming in 1 FPS faster than the GTX 480 FTW HC and only 4 FPS under the unlocked HD 6950 in minimum FPS. Interestingly, though, none of the cards really was above 30 FPS minimum, so there's a good chance that you could experience lag in this game regardless of which of those cards you purchased and you would likely be better off with two cards as we've seen perform quite well before.
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