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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: Unigine Heaven 2.1

The Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark is a free publicly available tool that grants the power to unleash the graphics capabilities in DirectX-11 for Windows 7 or updated Vista Operating Systems. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode, emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

The distinguishing feature in the Unigine Heaven benchmark is a hardware tessellation that is a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that developers can gain a more detailed look of their games almost free of charge in terms of performance. Thanks to this procedure, the elaboration of the rendered image finally approaches the boundary of veridical visual perception: the virtual reality transcends conjured by your hand.

Although Heaven-2.1 was recently released and used for our DirectX-11 tests, the benchmark results were extremely close to those obtained with Heaven-1.0 testing. Since only DX11-compliant video cards will properly test on the Heaven benchmark, only those products that meet the requirements have been included.

  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA)

Unigine_Heaven.jpg

Cost Analysis: Unigine Heaven (1680x1050)

  • $459.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo costs $7.03 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $6.42 per FPS
  • $219.99 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $5.68 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $6.39 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $5.67 per FPS
  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $7.64 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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