The Best Graphics Card for Call of Duty: Black Ops

Written by Harry Butler

December 5, 2010 | 12:15

Tags: #black-ops #call-of-duty

Companies: #bit-tech

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Publisher:Activision

From our Call of Duty: Black Ops Review:

'Ultimately though, even the worthy Zombie mode isn’t enough to elevate Black Ops to true greatness, though it does push our opinion more towards the positive by masking otherwise obvious flaws. It’s a shame that those issues still remain, but Black Ops does enough right to (just) win an overall nod of approval despite them.'

We test with the game at its maximum detail settings as configured in the in-game menus. The max frame rate is by default capped at 91fps, so we've increased this to 250fps in the config file. We play through a 60 second section of the Vorkuta mission, involving the Death Machine mini-gun and the subsequent carnage and explosions it causes.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

1,680 x 1,050 0x AA 16xAF, DirectX 9, Maximum Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 768MB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
    • 122
    • 85
    • 122
    • 85
    • 117
    • 79
    • 110
    • 78
    • 108
    • 78
    • 108
    • 78
    • 103
    • 75
    • 103
    • 68
    • 100
    • 60
    • 96
    • 60
    • 90
    • 59
    • 86
    • 52
    • 60
    • 40
0
25
50
75
100
125
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Call of Duty: Black Ops

1,680 x 1,050 4x AA 16xAF, DirectX 9, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
    • 110
    • 78
    • 108
    • 78
    • 103
    • 70
    • 103
    • 64
    • 95
    • 60
    • 80
    • 55
    • 90
    • 54
    • 88
    • 54
    • 84
    • 51
    • 90
    • 50
    • 76
    • 48
    • 60
    • 37
    • 48
    • 27
0
25
50
75
100
125
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Call of Duty: Black Ops

1,920 x 1,200 0x AA 16xAF, DirectX 9, Maximum Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 768MB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
    • 118
    • 81
    • 110
    • 78
    • 106
    • 74
    • 110
    • 71
    • 102
    • 66
    • 101
    • 66
    • 90
    • 60
    • 85
    • 56
    • 90
    • 54
    • 79
    • 51
    • 83
    • 50
    • 72
    • 41
    • 51
    • 33
0
25
50
75
100
125
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Call of Duty: Black Ops

1,920 x 1,200 4x AA 16xAF, DirectX 9, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
    • 106
    • 76
    • 103
    • 72
    • 89
    • 59
    • 89
    • 56
    • 79
    • 53
    • 81
    • 51
    • 80
    • 50
    • 76
    • 49
    • 75
    • 46
    • 70
    • 44
    • 64
    • 44
    • 50
    • 28
    • 39
    • 24
0
25
50
75
100
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Call of Duty: Black Ops

2,560 x 1,600 0x AA 16xAF, DirectX 9, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
    • 94
    • 56
    • 86
    • 54
    • 84
    • 48
    • 75
    • 46
    • 75
    • 45
    • 70
    • 43
    • 68
    • 40
    • 65
    • 38
    • 60
    • 33
    • 59
    • 30
    • 55
    • 29
    • 47
    • 27
    • 31
    • 19
0
25
50
75
100
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Call of Duty: Black Ops

2,560 x 1,600 4x AA 16xAF, DirectX 9, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
    • 85
    • 55
    • 78
    • 49
    • 63
    • 39
    • 60
    • 38
    • 55
    • 35
    • 53
    • 31
    • 53
    • 30
    • 48
    • 29
    • 50
    • 29
    • 47
    • 26
    • 44
    • 25
    • 31
    • 19
    • 26
    • 15
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

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