Modern Warfare 2 has been talk of the day since it was released on November 10, 2009. Now PC Games Hardware ran benchmarks to test the performance of several graphics cards.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Benchmark sequence
For our benchmarks we use the beginning of the mission "The Gulag” from the second chapter. Sgt. Gary "Roach” Sanderson and Captain McTavish are sitting in a Little Bird hovering over a Russian Gulag camp and finally landing there. A huge explosion with smoke Post Processing effects, heat haze as well as Depth of field, a high draw distance, a lot of shadows and two more Little Birds plus more soldiers are primarily stressing the graphics card. The minimal fps rate in this scene is quite a good indicator for how low the framerate will drop in intense combat - and especially in such situations you might need as many fps as possible to survive.
The video below shows our benchmark sequence.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Results
Infinity Ward's Engine already liked Geforce graphics cards in Modern Warfare and World at War - the same applies for Modern Warfare 2: Thus the Geforces GTX 285 and GTX 275 are beating the Radeon HD 5850, the GTX 260-216 beats the HD 4890 and the GTS 250 is (most of the time) as fast as the HD 4870. The latter one doesn't really need more than 512 MiByte VRAM and only above 1920 x 1200 with 4x MSAA the fps drop. As long as about 30 fps are enough for you, a Radeon HD 4850 or a 8800 GTS are fast enough. But actually Modern Warfare 2 gets really smooth above 70 fps (keyword: precise aiming).
The older Radeon HD 3870 (and the HD 2900 XT) already reach their limit at 1280 x 1024 with 4x MSAA/16:1 AF while the, usually much weaker, X1950 XTX isn't much slower. The 7900 GTX is far behind and you have to cut several detail settings and lower the resolution to get the game playable. Graphics cards with 256 MiByte VRAM can't deal with high or extra high texture details due to video memory overload. Interesting for quality junkies: With a Radeon HD 5870 it is possible to play at 2560 x 1600 with 2x Sparse Grid Supersampling Anti Aliasing, the framerate rarely drops below 40 fps. 4x SGSSAA at 1920 x 1200 on the other hand is too much for AMD's flagship while 1680 x 1050 is running quite good.
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