|AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Monday, 27 June 2011|
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DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.
At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This will improve performance for users with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.
In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to equalize our test set of video cards, and despite AMD's sponsorship of the game it still plays well using any brand of graphics card.
Cost Analysis: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (1680x1050)
Test Summary: The Battlefield: Bad Company 2 benchmark is not the most demanding, you really don't need to run CrossFire in this game. The HD6850 CrossFire configuration gives an average 45% performance increase over a single card which equates to 90% scaling at 1920x1080. The HD6950 CrossFire setup gives on average 40% extra performance over its single card contenders, this equates to 80% scaling at 1920x1080 which is an excellent result. In our cost analysis you will see that you can save a lot of money by going with a lower end card or CrossFire setup if this is your main game. The good news is that you can rest assured that your video card won't be the cause of your lag in BF: BC2.