Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

Publisher: IDEA Games

From our Operation Arrowhead Review:
Speaking of engines, Operation Arrowhead is still a massive challenge for any PC to play smoothly, so you should forget about running it on maximum settings. Bohemia Interactive claims to have optimised things for Arrowhead, but we didn’t find that it ran any faster than Arma II. This is a great shame, as when maxed out, Operation Arrowhead’s guerrilla-infested mountains are simply breathtaking to behold.

Operation Arrowhead doesn’t fundamentally change the gameplay of Arma II, so it’s still a very unforgiving milsim. If you’re expecting to run and gun and live then forget it, in a milsim such as Operation Arrowhead you have to think like a soldier to survive.


We test this hugely demanding game at it's most demanding settings, with all detail options set to very high. For anti-aliasing performance, we alternate between disabled and normal anti-aliasing. For the benchmark itself, we use a 90 second FRAPs run performed within the game's in-built benchmark. As the benchmark is variable due to AI inconsistencies, tests are performed three times and the average result is used.

ATI Radeon HD 6850 Review Radeon HD 6850 Arma II: Operation Arrowhead Performance

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

1,680 x 1,050 0xAA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Very High Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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    • 22
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    • 14
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20
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40
Frame Per Second
  • Average
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Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

1,680 x 1,050 4xAA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Very High Detail

  • 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 460 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 38
    • 23
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    • 21
    • 34
    • 21
    • 31
    • 19
    • 31
    • 17
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    • 16
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    • 16
    • 21
    • 10
0
10
20
30
40
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

1,920 x 1,200 0xAA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Very High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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    • 21
    • 33
    • 21
    • 27
    • 19
    • 27
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    • 30
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    • 16
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    • 11
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10
20
30
40
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

1,920 x 1,200 4xAA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Very High Detail

  • 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 460 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 31
    • 20
    • 31
    • 19
    • 29
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    • 25
    • 16
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    • 23
    • 14
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5
10
15
20
25
30
35
Frame Per Second
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Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

2,560 x 1,600 0xAA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Very High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 24
    • 15
    • 22
    • 14
    • 21
    • 14
    • 20
    • 12
    • 17
    • 12
    • 17
    • 10
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    • 10
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    • 10
    • 14
    • 7
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5
10
15
20
25
Frame Per Second
  • Average
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Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

2,560 x 1,600 4xAA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Very High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 21
    • 13
    • 19
    • 12
    • 19
    • 11
    • 17
    • 9
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5
10
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20
Frame Per Second
  • Average
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For explanation of what these numbers mean, head to the Results Analysis page
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