This is an old machine. Specs:
CPU: Core2Duo e8600 @ 3.33 GHz stock
memory: DDR2 ADATA Vitesta @ 800 MHz stock
GPU (now): R9 280X, the Gigabyte Battlefield 4 edition with WindForce 3 cooling
The card seems to perform worse than my older, weaker cards. Trying to force nicer AA through Catalyst is not an option, even though it could be done with my previous HD 4850. With which, by the way, the game seemed to run faster, more easily (though with an aftermarket cooler, the stock one couldn't cope).
The card also gets hotter and has to run the fans at full speed very soon after launching the game — something that wasn't a problem with my old GeForce 460 with the older version of the same cooling from Gigabyte (2 fans only), which was capable of staying quiet.
AA mode: application
AA samples: application
AA method: multisampling
aniso mode: application
aniso level: application
texture filtering quality: high quality
surface format optimization: off
trible buffering off
tesselation: AMD optimized
max tesselation level: AMD optimized
Is it possible that this beefy card somehow has poor DirectX 9 performance? Or can't work with a less-than-current CPU?