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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

DX10: 3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.

3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results.

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash

Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. By maximizing the processing levels of this test, the scene creates the highest level of graphical demand possible and sorts the strong from the weak.

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Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1680x1050)

  • $459.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo costs $7.26 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $6.08 per FPS
  • $219.99 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $6.35 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $7.06 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $6.30 per FPS
  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $6.98 per FPS
  • 3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico

    New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. Using the highest graphics processing level available allows our test products to separate themselves and stand out (if possible).

    New_Calico.jpg

    Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)

  • $459.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo costs $10.76 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $8.20 per FPS
  • $219.99 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $7.45 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $9.63 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $7.27 per FPS
  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $10.41 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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