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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Duel - ASUS vs. Sapphire

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Duel - ASUS vs. Sapphire



Battlefield: Bad Company 2 & Crysis Warhead Results

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

While Bad Company 2 is starting to show its age, its DX11 Frostbite 1.5 engine is still a fairly taxing test, particularly at stressing a GPU’s geometry shading power. In the past AMD cards have traditionally been stronger in this benchmark, however, times seem to be changing as the GTX 680 once again beat both overclocked HD 7970 cards.

At lower resolutions, the Radoen HD 7970s performed within 2% of each other, but this time showing a slightly stronger 8% improvement against the reference card. However, both were behind the GTX 680 by about 7%. At our highest resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, that gap grew even wider, with the GTX 680 able to outperform both HD 7970s by a massive 17%.

 

Crysis Warhead

In the tessellation heavy Crysis Warhead, both ASUS and Sapphire finally got the better of NVIDIA, outperforming the GTX 680 by about 5%, while again performing within 2% of each other. Against the reference card, we saw a roughly 7% performance gain.