The story of the game takes place during the time of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. H.A.W.X. is set in the near future where private military companies have essentially replaced government-run military in many countries. The player is placed in the shoes of David Crenshaw — an ex-military elite pilot who was recruited by one of these corporations to work for them as one of their pilots, fighting whoever and whenever he is told to.
Testing was performed at 1920×1200 and 1680×1050 with 8x anti-aliasing and maximum in-game settings. Nvidia testing was performed with DirectX 10.0, ATI with 10.1.
When launching H.A.W.X. we are given the opportunity of running in DirectX 9 or 10 mode, then within the DirectX 10 version of the game Radeon hardware allows us to enable DirectX 10.1 for enhanced performance.
Running through a few games of HAWX tells us that there will be some scenarios where the older 4870 more than holds its own against ATI’s new midrange, though doing so does cause it to use far more power and generate more heat.
Looking to the comparisons with Nvidia products we see that the GTS 250 is quite a way behind the 5750 which actually beats the GTX 260 on average and minimum framerates. Moving to the 5770 it increases the performance advantage over the GTX 260 and also has some very nice scaling in CrossFire mode which allows us to play at 1920×1200 with 8x anti-aliasing and plenty of frames per second to spare.