|MSI R6870 Radeon HD 6870 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Friday, 05 November 2010|
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Lost Planet 2 DX11 Benchmark Results
A decade has passed since the first game, and the face of E.D.N. III has changed dramatically. Terra forming efforts have been successful and the ice has begun to melt, giving way to lush tropical jungles and harsh unforgiving deserts. Players will enter this new environment and follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirate on their quest to seize control of the changing planet.
The primary purpose of Test A is to give an indication of typical game play performance of the PC running Lost Planet 2 (i.e. if you can run Mode A smoothly, the game will be playable at a similar condition). In this test, the character's motion is randomized to give a slightly different outcome each time.
In Test A of Lost Planet 2, we see a familiar pattern. That is, the newest games are implementing the latest software technology and the newest graphics cards are optimized to handle exactly that. I'm sure there will be further optimizations as time marches on, but right now we have an almost ideal gaming environment where the software and hardware are finally in sync. As long as you are happy with the story lines, characters, scoring systems, etc. of the new games, you can enjoy a level of realism and performance that was only hinted at with the first generation of DX11 software and hardware. I keep thinking of some of the early titles as "tweeners", as they were primarily developed using the DirectX 10 graphics API, and then some DX11 features were added right before the product was released. It was a nice glimpse into the technology, but the future is now.
The full results for the MSI R6870 are: 34-23-34 for scenes one through three of this benchmark. Scene two is almost always the most demanding, no matter what card is installed. In fact it's usually tougher than Test B. For simplicity's sake, we are reporting the average result, as calculated by the benchmark application. It is not an average of the individual scores reported for the three scenes. The other familiar pattern we see here is the GTX460 running really exceptionally well with any of the newer games that feature significant amounts of tessellation.
The primary purpose of Test B is to push the PC to its limits and to evaluate the maximum performance of the PC. It utilizes many functions of Direct X11 resulting in a very performance-orientated, very demanding benchmark mode.
Test B shows a similar ranking as Test A, but the HD 5870 makes a bit of a comeback. The sea monster (I can't quite say "River Monster" for some reason...) is a prime candidate for tessellation, and given the fact that it is in the foreground for most of the scene, the full level of detail is usually being displayed. The water effects also contribute to the graphics load in this test, making it just a little bit tougher than Test A. The fact that the GTX460 is within half an FPS of the HD 5870 implies that the tessellation load is still the dominant factor in determining overall frame rate performance in this game.
Let's take a look at one more DX11 gaming benchmark. This time, it's a wonderful blend of modern graphics technology and classic crime scenes, called Mafia II.