AMD Radeon HD6870
Posted by: Dan on: 25.01.2011 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
AMD’s Radeon HD 6870 was used in the following test system:
- Mainboard - Asus P6T Deluxe V2
- CPU - Intel Core i7 920
- GFX – On Review
- CPU Cooling – Swiftech GTZ Waterblock
- Memory - 3GB 1333Mhz DDR3 Patriot Viper
- Disks – Samsung F3 500GB
- DVD burner - Stock DVDRW
- Case – Modified Antec P182
- PSU – Seasonic M12D 850W
- Watercooling Info – Thermochill PA120.3, XPSC Laing DDC Ultra
- On Review – AMD Radeon HD 6870
Frames per second were recorded using the games built in benchmark (where available) or from a period of playing the game while recording the fps with fraps. The latest drivers at time of testing were used: Catalyst 10.3 for the 5870, Cat 10.10 for the 6850, Cat 10.12 for the HD 6870 and 260.99 for the GTX 480.
As both cards are DX11 capable, it only makes sense to throw a handful of DX11 games at it. So first up is DiRT2, in full DX11 mode. The game was run at 1920x1200 and 1280x1024 with the ‘ultra’ DX11 preset enabled.
The AMD HD 6870 manages to outpace its sibling the 6850 with ease, but unfortunately falls behind its predecessor the HD 5870.
Dropping the resolution down to 1280x1024 gives the 6870 a better chance to catch up with the 5870, but still falls a few fps behind. It’s worth pointing out that the 5870 used in these tests was an overclocked version, so when the difference is just a couple of fps, it’s likely that the overclock is giving the 5870 the upper hand.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The second game in our benchmark suite is Batman: Arkham Asylum. As MSAA only works on nvidia cards with this benchmark, it was disabled during this benchmark run. Otherwise, all settings were set to max and the benchmark was run at 1920x1200 and 1280x1024.
We see much the same story in Batman, and while the 6870 is providing more than playable framerates at this high setting, people that bought a 5870 when they came out will be sitting happy with the performance they are still putting out.
Dropping the resolution narrows the gap, but not by much. The minimum framerates don’t shift that much, but the average is boosted by at least 50fps across the board.
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 is a popular DX10 survival horror game, so was included in our suite. For some reason the benchmark wouldn’t let me select 1280x1024 in the resolution list, so the benchmark was only run at 1920x1200 with all settings maxed out.
Resident Evil poses no challenge to any of these graphics cards at 1920x1200, as they all manage framerates above what most monitors can actually display, lending to silky smooth graphics all round. Sadly RE5 doesn’t record a minimum fps in its benchmark, but with averages so high, they can’t have been that low.
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