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by Rob Williams on October 22, 2010 in AMD-Based GPU

It’s been a long time coming, but gamers can finally relax… AMD’s Radeon HD 6800 graphics cards are finally here. They may still be built upon a 40nm process, but AMD has brought a lot to the table here. We set out to see how the HD 6850 and HD 6870 compare to their closest competition, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 460 and GTX 470.

Extra Games: Dead Rising 2, F1 2010

Dead Rising 2

For those looking for the ultimate fill of zombie killing, look no further than Dead Rising 2! The game looks great, has a lot of “realistic” zombie’s, and is a lot of fun to play. To test, we take a quick run through the mall accessible not long after beginning the game which lasts about 2 minutes and follows the same path each time.

Dead Rising 2

Because of the sporadic nature of the number of zombies in this game, the results are hard to get exact each time, and I was only able to dedicate so much time to it. So, take these results as they are. The GTX 460 performed better than the HD 6850 in both cases, while the GTX 470 and HD 6870 could almost be considered equals.

F1 2010

From the creators of Dirt 2 comes one of the classiest racers around, F1 2010. This game features unbelievable graphics, super-fast speed and intense realism. It’s hard to go wrong. For our test, we chose to race one lap around the Monte Carlo track, lasting about two minutes.

F1 2010

It’s odd to see a game perform not much worse at 2560×1600 than it does at 1680×1050, but that’s the case here. All cards performed well at all resolutions, and despite how it would seem, ~40 FPS is just fine for reliable racing. For what it’s worth, AMD’s cards come out just ahead.


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