Benchmarks: Just Cause 2, Crysis WarheadFor testing Just Cause 2 the built-in benchmark tool was used. There are three tests to choose from and we went with the most demanding called Concrete Jungle. Fraps was still used to record the minimum frame rates and monitor coherence from the results we were getting from the benchmarking tool. Best in-game visuals settings were selected along with 8xAA/16xAF.
The GeForce GTS 450 struggled when testing with Just Cause 2 with an average of just 21fps at 1680x1050. Still this was enough to match the Radeon HD 5750 while remaining behind the Radeon HD 5770. The overclocked Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum provided an impressive 24% performance boost, which is the biggest and most useful jump we have seen so far. This increase put the GTS 450 Sonic Platinum card on level ground with the Radeon HD 5830.
When adding a second GTS 450 for SLI mode we saw a 76% performance increase to 37fps.
Crysis Warhead Benchmarks
Rather than using the Crysis Warhead benchmark we elected to record frame rates over 60 seconds of actual gameplay using Fraps. We used action from the level All The Fury using the enthusiast quality setting with AA and AF disabled.
Crysis Warhead has been testing graphics cards for generations now and we made sure the GeForce GTS 450 got a crack at it. As you can see at 1680x1050 the frame rates are a bit lacking on the enthusiast visual settings with the standard GeForce GTS 450 averaging just 26fps. Meanwhile the overclocked Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum was 15% faster which got it within 1fps of the Radeon HD 5770.
Although SLI scaled very well in Crysis with a 88% frame rate boost, the Radeon HD 5770 Crossfire configuration still prevailed but that was only after beating both the Radeon HD 5850 and GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards.