AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Review

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3DMark 11 Performance

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and WIndows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The performance trend in 3DMark11 looks very similar to that of Unigine Heaven. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition offers measurably better performance than the stock 7970 and it outpaces the GeForce GTX 670. But once again, the GeForce GTX 680 cards put up the best scores overall.

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