SLI vs. CrossFire, Part 1 – mid-range multi-GPU scaling & value
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. is an air combat video game developed published by Ubisoft. It was released in United States on March 6, 2009. You have the opportunity to fly 54 aircraft over real world locations and cities in somewhat realistic environments that are created with satellite data. This game is a more of a take on flying than a real simulation and it has received mixed reviews.
The game story takes place during the time of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. H.A.W.X. is set in the year 2014 where private military companies have replaced government-run military in many countries. The player is placed into the cockpit as an elite ex-military pilot who is recruited by one of these corporations to work for them as a mercenary. You later return to the US Air Force with a team as you try to prevent a full scale terrorist attack on the United States which was started by your former employer.
H.A.W.X. runs on DX10.1 faster and with more detail than on the DX10 pathway. All of our video cards can take advantage of DX10.1. Let’s check out H.A.W.X. with our top cards at 2560×1600 with fully maxed out in-game settings and 8xAA:
The GTX 580 jets away from the Radeons and cleanly beats the GTX 570 and the GTX 480. The GTX 560 Ti edges the HD 6870 and is beaten by the HD 6950. SLI allows GTS 450 to play with the faster cards and GTX 460 SLI beats the single fastest cards while GTX 560 Ti is faster and sits in between the CrossFired HD 6870 and HD 5870s. Here are our results at 1920×1200 resolution:
Although all of our four top cards give a similar playing experience in this game with maxed out settings and 8xAA, the new GTX 580 is clearly the top gun followed by the GTX 570 and the GTX 480 while the GTX 560 Ti beats the HD 6950. We see much the same thing with our multi-GPU set up, however, this time the GTX 560 Ti SLI is top gun, with HD 5870 CF, HD 6870 CF and GTX 460 SLI having no difficult beating the single flagship video cards.