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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 26 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD7870
HIS IceQ Turbo Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleField 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

DX11: Lost Planet 2

Lost Planet 2 is the second instalment in the saga of the planet E.D.N. III, ten years after the story of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The snow has melted and the lush jungle life of the planet has emerged with angry and luscious flora and fauna. With the new environment comes the addition of DirectX-11 technology to the game.

Lost Planet 2 takes advantage of DX11 features including tessellation and displacement mapping on water, level bosses, and player characters. In addition, soft body compute shaders are used on 'Boss' characters, and wave simulation is performed using DirectCompute. These cutting edge features make for an excellent benchmark for top-of-the-line consumer GPUs.

The Lost Planet 2 benchmark offers two different tests, which serve different purposes. This article uses tests conducted on benchmark B, which is designed to be a deterministic and effective benchmark tool featuring DirectX 11 elements.

  • Lost Planet 2 Benchmark 1.0
    • Moderate Settings: (2x AA, Low Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features)

Lost_Planet_2.jpg

Cost Analysis: Lost Planet 2 (1680x1050)

  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $6.35 per FPS
  • $139.99 NVIDIA GeForce Gigabyte GTX 460 OC costs $4.06 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $5.93 per FPS
  • $249.99 AMD Radeon HD6950 costs $7.08 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $4.89 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $7.62 per FPS
  • Video Card Test Products

    Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce
    GTX 460 OC
    HIS Radeon
    HD6870 X Turbo X
    Radeon
    HD6950
    MSI GeForce
    GTX 560Ti Hawk
    HIS Radeon
    HD6950 X Turbo X
    HIS Radeon
    HD7870 IceQ Turbo
    GPU Cores 336 1120 1408 384 1408 1280
    Core Clock (MHz) 715 975 800 950 880 1100
    Shader Clock (MHz) 1430 N/A N/A 1900 N/A N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 900 1150 1250 1050 1300 1200
    Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit



     

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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBChris 2012-03-26 21:43
    It seems that now is a good time to wait.

    Right now, the price to performance ratio of the latest 7000s is just ... uncompetitive, even when you stack them up against the 560Tis, 6870s, and other mid-range chips of the last generation.

    The 7970 appears to have been released with dethroning the 580GTX 3gb in mind - similar price point, but somewhat better performance.

    With the 680 GTX now out and the expected lower end models, it seems that waiting is the way to go. AMD and their partners will inevitably be making some price cuts. Plus, sooner or later, the custom AIB boards will come out for Nvidia in this generation.
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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBdanwat1234 2012-04-04 22:30
    How hot does it run when running Folding@home CUDA?
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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-04-05 10:19
    CUDA Folding is an NVIDIA thing danwat1234, AMD Radeons are designed for OpenCL GPGPU computing.
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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBdanwat1234 2012-04-05 10:28
    Oh yeah, I forgot. Or AMD stream but I'm not sure whwat Distributed Computing projects support that API.
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