AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review: The Quiet Beast

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Metro 2033 Performance

Metro 2033
DirecX11 Gaming Performance

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is your basic post-apocalyptic first person shooter game with a few rather unconventional twists. Unlike most FPS titles, there is no health meter to measure your level of ailment; rather, you’re left to deal with life, or lack thereof, more akin to the real world with blood spatter on your visor and your heart rate and respiration level as indicators. The game is loosely based on a novel by Russian Author Dmitry Glukhovsky. Metro 2003 boasts some of the best 3D visuals on the PC platform and includes a DX11 rendering mode that makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism. This title also supports NVIDIA PhysX technology for impressive in-game physics effects. We tested the game at resolutions of 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 with adaptive anti-aliasing and in-game image quality options set to their High Quality mode, with DOF effects disabled.

The Radeon HD 7990 and GeForce GTX 690 competed favorably in the Metro 2033 benchmark. The GeForce GTX 690 put up a better score at the lower resolution, but the Radeon HD 7990 came roaring back and took the lead with the resolution was increased to 2560x1600. As expected, the Radeon HD 7990 once again performed about on par with the Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire configuration.

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Frame times are much less of an issue in this game engine, versus Alien vs. Predator on the previous page. There are some peaks and valleys with both the Radeon HD 7990 and GeForce GTX 690, which will always be the case, but generally speaking  frame pacing isn't an issue here. The GeForce GTX 690, however, did spend more time with a higher minimum frame rate, but the frame rate is so high most of the time that it's a non-issue.

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