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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: Lost Planet 2, Medal of Honor

Lost Planet 2

Lost Planet 2, the latest arcade-like shooter from Capcom, brings “big” gameplay, DirectX 11 support, and a pretty world. Due to time, and the fact that I never plan to introduce this game into our regular testing, I opted to use the timedemo mode here, which stresses the DirectX 11 features. In particular, I chose the “B” mode.

Lost Planet 2

Being that this is an NVIDIA-influenced title, I had expected to see that company’s cards excel, and for the most part, they did. The differences aren’t major, but enough to give NVIDIA the obvious nod.

Medal of Honor

The latest entry to the Medal of Honor series came out last week, and if you’re interested in a purchase, I’d encourage you to read our review of it. For our testing, we used one of the best helicopter levels in the game, “Gunfighters”. Our benchmark begins immediately after the first cutscene.

Medal of Honor

If you’re wondering why 1680×1050 seems to have a capped FPS, it’s because the game has a broken v-sync mode. Turned on, the FPS gets locked at 30. Turned off, they get locked at 62. Seems kind of bizarre, but that’s how it is. At 2560×1600, AMD performed better overall, but the differences can barely even be measured on paper.


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