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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 09 January 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
XFX R7970 Black Edition Radeon Video Card
AMD "Southern Islands" GPU
Closer Look: Radeon HD 7970
FX-797A-TDBC Detailed Features
FX-797A-TDBC Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX11: 3DMark11
DX11: Crysis 2
DX11: Batman: Arkham City
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.5
XFX 7970 DD Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
XFX R7970 DD Overclocking
XFX Radeon 7970 Final Thoughts

DX11: Aliens vs Predator

Aliens vs. Predator is a science fiction first-person shooter video game, developed by Rebellion, and published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360. Aliens vs. Predator utilizes Rebellion's proprietary Asura game engine, which had previously found its way into Call of Duty: World at War and Rogue Warrior. The self-contained benchmark tool is used for our DirectX-11 tests, which push the Asura game engine to its limit.

I configured Aliens vs. Predator to use the highest quality settings with 4x AA and 16x AF, as well as turning on DirectX-11 features such as Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) and tessellation, along with advanced shadows.

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Texture quality High, Shadow quality High, 4xAA, 16xAF, SSAO on, Hardware tessellation, Advanced Shadow Sampling


Cost Analysis: Aliens vs Predator (1920x1200)

  • $210.00 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $6.93 per FPS
  • $330.00 GeForce GTX 570 costs $9.02 per FPS
  • $480.00 GeForce GTX 580 costs $10.98 per FPS
  • $749.00 GeForce GTX 590 costs $11.11 per FPS
  • $320.00 Radeon HD 6970 costs $7.41 per FPS
  • $700.00 Radeon HD 6990 costs $8.79 per FPS
  • $600.00 Radeon HD 7970 costs $10.51 per FPS
  • $600.00 Radeon HD 7970 overclocked costs $9.38 per FPS
  • Test Summary: The Radeon HD 6990 comes roaring back here, easily beating the GTX 590. The 7970 continues to post scores superior to the GTX 580, and beats it here in $ per FPS as well.

    Graphics Card GeForce GTX560Ti GeForce GTX570 GeForce GTX580 GeForce GTX590 Radeon HD6970 Radeon HD6990 Radeon HD 7970
    GPU Cores 384 480 512 1024 1536 3072 2048
    Core Clock (MHz) 822 732 772 607 880 800 1000
    Shader Clock (MHz) 1645 1464 1544 1215 N/A N/A N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1050 1900 2004 1707 900 1250 1425
    Memory Amount 1024 MB GDDR5 1280 MB GDDR5 1536MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit


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