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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB Video Card
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD7950
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 HD7950 IceQ Turbo Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2

Tom Clancy's 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. 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 resolution data to highly realistic detail.

The Tom Clancy's HAWX2 benchmark uses normal game content in the same conditions a player will find in the game, and allows users to evaluate the enhanced visuals that DirectX-11 tessellation adds into the game. The Tom Clancy's HAWX2 benchmark is built from exactly the same source code that's included with the retail version of the game. HAWX2's tessellation scheme uses a metric based on the length in pixels of the triangle edges. This value is currently set to 6 pixels per triangle edge, which provides an average triangle size of 18 pixels.

The end result is perhaps the best tessellation implementation seen in a game yet, providing a dramatic improvement in image quality over the non-tessellated case, and running at playable frame rates across a wide range of graphics hardware.

  • Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Benchmark 1.0.4
    • Extreme Settings: (Maximum Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, DX11 Terrain Tessellation)

HAWX_2.jpg

Cost Analysis: HAWX 2 (1680x1050)

  • $459.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo costs $3.51 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $2.38 per FPS
  • $219.99 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $1.99 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $3.27 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $2.01 per FPS
  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $2.69 per FPS
  • Video Card Test Products

    Graphics Card HIS Radeon
    HD6870 XTurboX
    NVIDIA GeForce
    GTX 560Ti
    HIS Radeon
    HD6950 XTurboX
    MSI GeForce
    GTX 560Ti Hawk
    HIS Radeon
    HD7870 Turbo
    HIS Radeon
    HD7950 IceQ Turbo
    GPU Cores 1120 384 1408 384 1280 1792
    Core Clock (MHz) 975 822 800 950 1100 900
    Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1645 N/A 1900 N/A N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1150 1002 1250 1050 1200 1250
    Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit



     

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    # Now you've tested it!!!JustComputers 2012-04-30 01:53
    Can you send it to me so I can try it out ;) please!!!!
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    # article lead timeWalter Machnicz 2012-04-30 06:21
    Seems like a good card, eppecially at the newegg price, except for GTX680 appearnce.
    Looks like you will need an update.
    Enjoyed the review, especially the detail involved.
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