by Rob Williams on January 21, 2011 in Graphics & Displays
AMD’s top-end Radeon HD 6970 2GB is one of the best GPU choices on the market right now, and adding to its flavor a bit, Sapphire customized the reference card to produce the Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam edition. In addition to featuring a copy of the game, it comes complete with many accessories (including an HDMI cable).
It’s not that often that faithful PC gamers get a proper racing game for their platform of choice, but Dirt 2 is one of those. While it is a “console port”, there’s virtually nothing in the game that will make that point stand out. The game as a whole takes good advantage of our PC’s hardware, and it’s as challenging as it is good-looking.
Manual Run-through: The race we chose to use in Dirt 2 is the first one available in the game, as it’s easily accessible and features a lot of GPU-pounding effects that the game has become known for, such as realistic dust and water effects, a large on-looking crowd of people and fine details on and off the track. Each run-through lasts the entire two laps, which comes out to about 2.5 minutes.
As both Sapphire’s special edition HD 6970 2GB and the reference card share identical clocks, the performance seen throughout the entire article is not going to be swayed in the least. The same general drivers were used as well, as when this card was benchmarked, the Catalyst 11.1 drivers were unavailable, even in beta form.
We’ll include a lot of the banter from our launch article, as virtually nothing is different in our opinions.