High Quality Performance

High quality settings at 1680x1050 were very playable when using the GeForce GTX 480, which rendered an average of 124fps. Meanwhile, GeForce GTX 285 shocked us with 98fps, making it 2fps faster than both the GeForce GTX 470 and Radeon HD 5870. The GeForce GTX 460 also cleaned up at 93fps.

Older generation cards still have what it takes in Medal of Honor with the GeForce GTX 275 delivering 89fps while the GTX 260 averaged 77fps. The Radeon HD 4890 was considerably slower at 60fps, which was on par with the GeForce GTS 450. The Radeon HD 5770 mustered 56fps while the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce 9800 GT averaged about the same at 44fps and 45fps. Budget graphics cards such as the GeForce GT 240 and Radeon HD 5670 bombed out with less than 40fps.

Increasing the resolution to 1920x1200 didn't change much and performance trends remained very similar, though low-end graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce 9800 GT dropped below 40fps.

At 2560x1600, the GeForce GTX 480 slipped well below the 100fps barrier, averaging 67fps – still a convincing lead. The Radeon HD 5870 took second place with a playable 57fps.

The GeForce GTX 285 remained strong at 55fps while the GeForce GTX 470 was slightly slower with 52fps. Even the GeForce GTX 460 did okay with 49fps, making it slightly faster than the GeForce GTX 275. The Radeon HD 5850 was again disappointing at 44fps – 2fps faster than the old GeForce GTX 260.

Beyond that, cards failed to deliver smooth performance with graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 5830 and HD 4890 averaging 38fps.