Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2012 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, call of duty, black ops 2, amd
[H]ard|OCP set out to determine how well AMD and NVIDIA's cards can deal with the new Call of Duty game. To do so they took a system built on a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4-TH, a Core i7 2600k @ 4.8GHz, and 8GB of Corsair RAM and then tested a HD7970, 7950 and 7870 as well as a GTX680, 670 and 660Ti. There is good news for both graphics companies and gamers, the HD7870 was the slowest card and still managed great performance on maximum settings @ 2560x1600 with 8X MSAA and FXAA. For the absolute best performance it is NVIDIA's GTX680 that is your go to card though since this is a console port, albeit one that [H] describes as well implemented, don't expect to be blown away by the quality of the graphics.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the first Call of Duty game on PC to support DX11 and new graphical features. Hopefully improvements to the IW Engine will be enough to boost the CoD franchise near the top graphics-wise. We also examine NVIDIA's TXAA technology which combines shader based antialiasing and traditional multisampling AA."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Far Cry 3 VGA Graphics Benchmark performance test @ Guru of 3D
- A brief history of video cards: 64 GPUs tested from the last five years @ Hardwaare.Info
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock Graphics Card with WindForce 5X Cooling System @ X-bit Labs
- ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2GB DirectCU II Review @ circuitREMIX
- GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 670 (2GB) WINDFORCE 3X Video Card Review @circuitREMIX
- Four passive graphics cards review: 100% quiet @ Hardware.Info
- The Best Graphics Cards: AMD and Nvidia GPU Comparison with Latest Drivers @ Techspot
- NVIDIA Publishes Open-Source 2D Driver Code @ Phoronix
- 8-Way NVIDIA Nouveau GPU Comparison @ Phoronix
- 12-Way Radeon Gallium3D GPU Comparison @ Phoronix
- AMD Catalyst vs. Open-Source Gallium3D Driver Performance @ Phoronix
- HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ X Boost 3 GB @ techPowerUp
- Club3D HD7970 RoyalAce Graphics Card @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 15, 2012 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, call of duty, black ops 2
NVIDIA will be celebrating the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II by launching the first-ever “GeForce GTX Call of Duty Rivalries” competition which pits top colleges against each other in Call of Duty: Black Ops II four-person, last team standing multiplayer matches. Participants in the first round of competition include the storied rivalries of Cal vs. Stanford, USC vs. UCLA and UNC vs. NC State. Two additional wildcard colleges from any accredited college in the United States will also be chosen by the Facebook community to field teams. See details on GeForce.com or visit NVIDIA’s Facebook page on how you can walk away with a Maingear gaming rig.
In addition to the contest NVIDIA also released the GeForce 310.54 beta driver with specific benefits for players of Black Ops 2, specifically the inclusion of TXAA.
- Delivers up to 26 percent faster performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and up to 18% faster performance in Assassin’s Creed III.
- Provides smooth, shimmer-free graphics with NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed III.
- Improves performance by up to 16% in other top games likes Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and StarCraft II.
As always, our new driver includes new profiles for today’s top titles, increasing multi-GPU performance.
- Hawken – Added SLI profile
- Hitman: Absolution – Added SLI profile
- Natural Selection 2 – Added SLI profile
- Primal Carnage – Added SLI profile