Batman Arkham Asylum
Batman Arkham Asylum is one of the games that features PhysX effects, but if you’re playing it on one of the Radeon cards, you’ll have to turn them off. Naturally, Batman is Nvidia’s preferred game so it’s no wonder that gaming with AA is better done with the GTX 480.
An antialiasing performance comparison at 1920x1200 shows that turning AA off results in 23% better performance with the GTX 480. The same test seems to not favor the HD 5870 as turning AA off boost performance by as much as 71%.
Switching to 2560x1600 leaves more trace on the HD 5870, as the AA performance comparison sees the HD 5870 performance improve by 82% when AA is turned off. The same test sees the GTX 480 perform only 25% slower when AA is turned on.
There’s not much to complain about Radeon HD 5870’s performance in Batman, as both 5870 cards score about 60fps at 2560x1600 with AA. The same cards perform the same as the GTX 480 with no AA. Unfortunately, PhysX is still reserved for Geforce cards only.
In HAWX, which is on the list of AMD games, the difference between the HD 5870 and GTX 480 when AA is turned on is nowhere near what Batman reported, especially considering the results on the highest tested resolution.
At 1920x1200 and no antialiasing, Gainward GTX 480 beats the reference HD 5870 by about 16%; with AA turned on the difference is 20%. At 2560x1600, Gainward GTX 480’s advantage over the reference HD 5870 melts to 4% (without AA) and 12% (with AA).
The difference between the two high-end cards is lower at 2560x1600 than at 1980x1200, but it’s evident that the GTX 480 takes the cake when AA is turned on. The GTX 480’s performance difference between AA and no AA scenarios amounts to 17%, whereas the HD 5870 difference is at 25% (at 1920x1200, the difference is 14% and 18%, respectively).
Club3D’s HD 5870 OC Edition outperforms the reference HD 5870 card by up to 2.7%.