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Anti-aliasing provides a significant visual improvement though it does come at a great performance cost, at least to the more affordable graphics cards. At 1680x1050 the GeForce GT 220, Radeon HD 3850, Radeon HD 4670 and GeForce 9600 GT were no good for these demanding settings.
The GeForce 9800 GT just scrapped by with an average of 53fps though we found the performance of the Radeon HD 4850 to be more consistent averaging 60fps. The new Radeon HD 5750 was impressive with an average of 65fps, while the more powerful Radeon HD 5850 averaged 91fps!
Increasing the resolution to 1920x1200 with 4xAA enabled really started to turn up the heat and we required at least a Radeon HD 4870 to crack the 60fps barrier. The Radeon HD 5750 averaged 58fps, while the Radeon HD 4770 managed 53fps. Some of the more impressive results were achieved by relatively affordable graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 4890, GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 275.
Now at 2560x1600 there is no way to make this game look any better with every graphical detail turned on. Here graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 4870 averaged just 47fps and the Radeon HD 5750 was limited to 43fps.
Owners of Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards appear to have little to worry about with this new game as the GeForce GTX 260 averaged 56fps. The GeForce GTX 275 managed 63fps, the GTX 285 scored 65fps and the GTX 295 produced an impressive 101fps.
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