Introducing the GTX 570 – the GTX 480’s Performance at $349
Far Cry 2 uses the name of the original Far Cry but it is not connected to the first game as it brings you a new setting and a new story. Ubisoft created it based on their Dunia Engine. The game setting takes place in an unnamed African country, during an uprising between two rival warring factions. Your mission is to kill “The Jackal”; the Nietzsche-quoting mercenary that arms both sides of the conflict that you are dropped into.
The Far Cry 2 game world is loaded in the background and on the fly to create a completely seamless open world. The Dunia game engine provides good visuals that scale well. The Far Cry 2 design team actually went to Africa to give added realism to this game. One thing to especially note is Far Cry 2’s very realistic fire propagation by their engine that is a far cry from the scripted fire and explosions that we are used to seeing. First we test Far Cry 2 benchmark at 2560×1600 with AI enabled and we use the Ranch Long benchmark with ultra settings plus 4xAA. Our extreme settings are too much for the Radeons and GTX 460s which stumble in the minimums. Let’s move on down to 1920×1200 resolution and increase our AA to 8x. The GTX 580 and the GTX 480 run away from the Radeons and the overclocked GTX 580 is clearly the fastest of the very best. Here we see a clean sweep by the GTX 580 in Far Cry 2 while the GTX 570 trades performance blows with the GTX 480.