AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850 Graphics Cards Debut

FarCry 2 Performance

FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.  The test results shown here were run at various resolutions with 4X AA enabled.

The performance trend was somewhat different in the FarCry 2 benchmark. The Radeon HD 6870 performed just behind the GeForce GTX 470, OC'd 460, and Radeon HD 5870, while the Radeon HD 6850 trailed the GTX 460 and HD 5850. The deltas separating the cards weren't very big, though.






GTX 470

GTX 460

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Superior multi-GPU scaling by the Radeon HD 6800 series parts allowed them to take the lead in the FarCry 2 benchmark, however. We checked in with AMD to see what kind of enhancements were made to CrossFire that could account for the enhanced scaling and were told the underlying CrossFire implementations were identical. These numbers were repeatable though,

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