by Rob Williams on December 27, 2010 in Graphics & Displays
By most definitions, AMD’s Radeon HD 6900 graphics cards are powerful, but for those who are looking to push huge resolutions, a little more oomph might be desired. That’s where multi-GPU configurations come in, and to see what AMD’s latest are capable of, we’ve tested out both the HD 6950 and HD 6970 in CrossFireX.
Just Cause 2 might not belong to a well-established series of games, but with its launch, it looks like that might not be the case for long. The game offers not only superb graphics, but an enormous world to explore, and for people like me, a countless number of hidden items to find around it. During the game, you’ll be scaling skyscrapers, racing through jungles and fighting atop snow-drenched mountains. What’s not to like?
Manual Run-through: The level chosen here is part of the second mission in the game, “Casino Bust”. Our runthrough begins at the second-half of the level, which requires us to situate ourselves on top of a car and have our driver, Karl Blaine, speed us through part of the island to safety. This is a great mission for benchmarking as we get to see a lot of the landmass, even if some of it is at a distance.
Compared to Dirt 2, the increases to be seen with Just Cause 2 are even more impressive. Here, our 1680×1050 comparison exhibited an enormous +90% increase, and at 2560×1600, we saw an even more impressive boost of +102%.
The fact that we can even see a gain of over 100% is impressive, and it’s a phenomenon that proves that heavily multi-threaded games can see some extreme gains on multiple GPUs. Given the results here, we hoped to give triple CrossFireX’d 6970s a go, but the current drivers are not optimized for it. In fact, three cards will currently deliver the performance of two. I do expect this to change in the months ahead.