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Written by Bruce Normann   
Friday, 05 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI R6870 Radeon HD 6870 Video Card
AMD Radeon HD 6870 GPU Features
Closer Look: MSI R6870
MSI R6870 Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis
DX11: Aliens vs. Predator
DX11: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
DX11: DiRT-2 Demo
DX11: H.A.W.X. 2
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
MSI R6870 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Final Thoughts
MSI R6870 Conclusion

H.A.W.X. 2 DX11 Benchmark Results

H.A.W.X. 2 has been optimized for DX11 enabled GPUs and has a number of enhancements to not only improve performance with DX11 enabled GPUs but also greatly improve the visual experience while taking to the skies.

  • Level maps are 128 Km per dimension creating a level area of 16384 Km².
    All of the terrain in this area is rendered using a powerful tessellation implementation.
  • The game uses a hardware terrain tessellation method that allows a high number of detailed triangles to be rendered entirely on the GPU when near the terrain in question. This allows for a very low memory footprint and relies on the GPU power alone to expand the low res data to highly realistic detail.
  • Quad patches with multiple displacement maps aim to render 6-pixel-wide triangles typically creating 1.5 Million triangles per frame not including planes, trees, and buildings!
  • The game uses bi-cubic height filtering and fractal noise to give realistic detail at this grand scale. The wavelength and amplitude of the fractal noise is carefully tuned for maximum realism on each level working with the complex tessellation shaders to ensure highest level detail without cracks in the terrain surface.
  • These factors make H.A.W.X. 2 the perfect title for benchmarking the current and future generation of DX11 enabled GPUs.

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The H.A.W.X.2 benchmark test is not quite the tessellation monster that Unigine Heaven is. It is supposed to represent an actual game, after all. However, the developers have taken full advantage of the DirectX 11 technology to pump up the realism in this new title. The scenery on the ground in particular is very detailed and vividly portrayed, and there's a lot of it that goes by the window of the F-22 Raptor that is your point of view. The blue sky, not so much....

The enhanced ability of the newest GPU designs to handle tessellation is quite evident here. Both the Fermi and Barts GPU win the battle against the previous generation's high end card, the HD 5870. This benchmark was launched by NVIDIA and AMD had limited access during development, so I expect these numbers to shift a bit in the upcoming months as AMD updates their drivers.

Let's take a look at another DX11 benchmark, a fast-paced scenario on a Lost Planet called E.D.N. III. The dense vegetation in "Test A" is almost as challenging as it was in Crysis, and now we have tessellation and soft shadows thrown into the mix.

Graphics Card

Cores

Core Clock

Shader Clock

Memory Clock

Memory

Interface

ATI Radeon HD5770 (Engineering Sample)

800

850

N/A

1200

1.0GB GDDR5

128-bit

XFX Radeon HD5830 (HD-583X-ZNFV)

1120

800

N/A

1000

1.0GB GDDR5

256-bit

ASUS GeForce GTX 260 (ENGTX260 MATRIX)

216

576

1242

999

896MB GDDR3

448-bit

MSI GeForce GTX 460 (N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC)

336

725

1450

900

1.0 GB GDDR5

256-bit

MSI Radeon HD6870 (R6870-2PM2D1GD5)

1120

900

N/A

1050

1.0GB GDDR5

256-bit

PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 (PCS+ AX5870 1GBD5-PPDHG2)

1600

875

N/A

1250

1.0GB GDDR5

256-bit



 

Comments 

 
# comentarioalcides juan 2010-11-04 21:13
ya adquiri una placa de video athis muy buena placa gracias por mantenerme informado me gustan mucho los productos que me muestran, gracias
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# You're welcome!Olin Coles 2010-11-04 21:42
Me alegro de que podría ayudarle a hacer una compra informada.
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# ThanksRealNeil 2010-11-05 06:30
Good review. My time for buying parts and building my next system is fast approaching and it will probably have to do me, for a long time. Reviews are what help us to make smarter decisions when we spend our money. While the cost of two GTX460's is not resoundingly expensive for most, it represents a lot for me. (I'm on a disabled Pension) I didn't want to buy the 1GB GTX460 pair of cards without knowing more about the latest ATI offerings. With your help I feel that I can make a final decision now and not blow it. I appreciate it too.
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# Impressive.Crazy 2010-11-29 22:31
Great Review! Thanks so much. I'v been doing some research for my next big build and I really needed to find a graphics card that fit my needs and this is wonderful especially considering the price. Although I do wish it had more for the voltage controls.
Now I just have to decide whether to go with this or wait until the Caymans come out. They just got pushed back again tho... from end of November to mid December. =/

Once again, Great review!!! Really in depth and exactly what I was looking for.

-Crazy
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