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Far Cry 2
Performance in Crysis Warhead is affected by some sort of bug at highest resolution, but Nvidia claims it will fix it prior to launch. In Far Cry 2 at 1680x1050, Nvidia is 16 percent faster, while with AA it outruns ATI by 13 percent. At 1920x1200 the GTX is 7 percent faster than the Radeon, and the gap increases to 10 percent when you turn on AA. In 2560x1600, the GTX ends up 8 percent slower than Radeon HD4870 X2, but with AA the GTX 295 jumps back into the lead and ends up 16 percent faster.
In 1680x1050 the GTX 295 outperforms ATI by 45 percent, with 4xAA 8xAF the lead increase by 1 percent. In higher resolutions and with more effects, the gap closes, but Nvidia is still on top. At 1920x1200 it's 48.5 percent faster, but with AA and AF the difference drops to 30 percent. In 2560 the lead is 38 percent, but after we turned on AA and AF, it dropped to 18 percent below ATI.
Left 4 Dead
Although GTX 295 continues its spell of dominance in this test, too, we recorded the lowest performance difference at 1680x1500 and 4xAA 8xAF - only 0.5%. At 1920x1200 however, Nvidia again gains ground and beats ATI by 9%. At 2560x1600, the GTX 295 is faster by 4.5%, whereas turning on 4xAA and 8xAF results in GTX being faster by 18%.
Fallout 3 is limited by the platform we've used, and both cards scored almost identical results at all resolutions.
Call of Duty: World At War
At 1680x1050 and 4XAA 16xAF, GTX beats ATI by 12% and it seems Nvidia is just too strong for ATI, as 1920x1200 and 4xAA 16xAF results in Nvidia extending the lead to 14%. At 2560x1600, GTX leads by 8%, but after we turned 4xAA and 16xAF on, the performance difference soars to 31% in Nvidia's favor.
Overall, Nvidia did a good job with the GTX 295. The 55nm GT200 performs well and it's a step in the right direction. It's not very quiet, but not too loud, either, and the power consumption is high, but this is a top of the range card so power consumption is not a priority. However, this is not to say that it's the worst power-hog around, far from it, as it consumes less than HD 4870 X2 in both idle and workload scenarios, which is really impressive, especially after taking today's results into consideration.
Obviously, it has enough power to outperform the HD 4870 X2, but it's hard to make any sort of verdict before we see it in action with finalized drivers and, more importantly, before we see the retail price.
The price is what will make or break it. ATI's HD4870X2 sells for €400, and since a single GTX280 card currently costs over €335. We're not sure about GTX295 pricing, but we're hoping it will sell for around €500.
All in all, it seems like the "performance belt" is getting back to the green corner, but we'll still wait for the final version of this card before we reach our final verdict. However, Nvidia does have an ace up its sleeve for 2009, and you've guessed it, it's Physx.