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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: Battlefield Bad Company 2

The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.

At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This will improve performance for users with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.

In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to equalize our test set of video cards, and despite AMD's sponsorship of the game it still plays well using any brand of graphics card.

  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)

Battlefield_BC2.jpg

Cost Analysis: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (1680x1050)

  • $459.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo costs $4.46 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $2.88 per FPS
  • $219.99 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $2.68 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $3.76 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $2.70 per FPS
  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $4.30 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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