by Rob Williams on March 8, 2011 in Graphics & Displays
It’s been a long while since we’ve last seen a $700 graphics card, but AMD revives that tradition with its Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU offering. Fortunately, the card has proven that its high price-tag is well-earned, as it storms past every other single and dual-GPU graphics card on the market, and introduces other useful features to boot.
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.
As seen in our Dirt 2 results, AMD’s HD 6990 has enough power to push far ahead of the pack, and in the case of Just Cause 2, that fact is once again proven. Interestingly, though AMD’s HD 6970 in CrossFireX mode is, technically speaking, equivalent to the HD 6990, there do seem to be some cases when the strengths of either setup will result in an extra 1 FPS or 2.