Benchmarks: Just Cause 2, Mass Effect 2
For 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.
At 1680x1050 the Inno3D GeForce GTX (768MB) averaged 31fps making it 19% faster than the Radeon HD 5830. The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum (1GB) was another 32% faster than its little brother with 41fps allowing it to match the GeForce GTX 470.
Compared to the ATI GPUs, the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum (1GB) was faster than the Radeon HD 5870 by 3fps. Very impressive.
At 1920x1200 the performance trends don't change much. The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum still matched the GeForce GTX 470 and the Radeon HD 5870, which is a tremendous achievement.
Now at 2560x1600 most graphics cards are struggling and this can also be seen with the Inno3D GeForce GTX (768MB), which just slips behind the Radeon HD 5830 making it the second slowest graphics card tested. The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum wasn't much faster with 22fps though this was enough to compete against the Radeon HD 5770 Crossfire cards and the GeForce GTX 470.
Mass Effect 2 Benchmarks
For testing with Mass Effect 2 we relied on Fraps, recording 60 seconds of gameplay from the level “Lazarus Research Station”. Maximum in-game quality settings with 4xAA/16xAF enabled were used.
Mass Effect 2 seems to favor ATI hardware slightly. At 1680x1050 the Inno3D GeForce GTX (768MB) was the slowest graphics card tested, trailing the Radeon HD 5770 by 3fps and the Radeon HD 5830 by 12fps. Even the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum (1GB) struggled and despite rendering 66fps it was 10fps slower than the Radeon HD 5850.
The Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 (768MB) is still the slowest graphics card tested, this time 6fps slower than the Radeon HD 5770. The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum (1GB) is just 2fps slower than the GeForce GTX 470, running still behind the Radeon HD 5850 and matching the more affordable HD 5830.
Now at 2560x1600 the GeForce GTX 460 (768MB) remained the slowest graphics card tested as it trailed the Radeon HD 5770 by 2fps. The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum (1GB) roughly matched the Radeon HD 5830 and GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards with 34fps.