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The Upgrade Dilemma - How your old graphics card stands up

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: General

Metro 2033 and Lost Planet 2

Our testing configuration was the same as all of our recent GPU articles:

  • Testing Configuration
  • ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-965 @ 3.33 GHz Processor
  • 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1333 MHz Memory
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB HDD
  • Corsair Professional Series 1200w PSU

Driver versions were 262.xx for NVIDIA and 11.1a for the AMD card.  

Metro 2033 (DirectX 11)

latest addition to our gaming benchmark suite, Metro 2033 is one of the
best looking PC games in years.  By utilizing some advanced DX11
features as well as impressively high-quality shading routines this
title pushes our graphics in way we have seen since the first days of




We ran Metro 2033 with Advance DOF disabled. 



Ouch, not a good showing here.  Using similar settings between the DX11 and DX10 cards (keeping the High quality and AA options), the 9800 GTX can barely get us a score worth recording.  In fact, it is probably NOT worth recording to be honest. 

Lost Planet 2 (DirectX 11)

The gigantic Akrid, epic environments, and heavily-armoured vital
suits of Lost Planet 2 come to PCs beginning October 15! LP2 will be
coming to your favorite digital distribution portal soon as well. 

Featuring support for DirectX® 11 and DirectX 9, Lost Planet 2
delivers its Akrid-infested world in even greater detail. Through
DirectX® 11 features, smoke will have lifelike volume and depth, water
surfaces react realistically to player interaction and bullets, and
level bosses are rendered with more detail than ever before. 

The primary purpose of Test B is to push the PC to its limits and
to evaluate the maximum performance of the PC. It utilizes many
functions of Direct X11 resulting in a very performance-orientated, very
demanding benchmark mode. 





Lost Planet 2 Test Settings  



Lost Planet 2 actually shows that the 9800 GTX card can have some life if you are willing to run at lower image quality settings; this title had some pretty noticeable differences when switching between the DX11 and DX9/10 modes of the game. 

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