AMD Radeon HD 6970M Review w/ Eurocom

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Test Setup & Unigine Heaven

How We Configured Our Test Systems: All of our tests were run using the Eurocom Panther 2.0 laptop. In order to let the graphics cards shine and remove bottlenecks in other parts of the system, the Panther 2.0 was outfitted with an Intel Core i7 980X six-core processor and 12GB of DDR3-1333 RAM in triple-channel. This should remove the processor and memory sub-systems as potential bottlenecks in the benchmarks.

HotHardware's Test System
Eurocom Panther 2.0

Hardware Used:
Core i7 980X (3.3GHz)
Intel X58 Express

Radeon HD 6970M (2)
GeForce GTX 470M (2)

3x 4GB DDR3-1333 in triple channel
Seagate 500GB 7200rpm Solid Hybrid
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX Nov. 2010 Redist
ATI Catalyst v8.81
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers 266.58

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.1
Futuremark 3DMark11
FarCry 2
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
F1 2010

Unigine Heaven v2.1 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven

The Unigine Heaven Benchmark v2.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), and it also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

Unigine's Heaven benchmark gives us our first taste of what these two mobile graphics cards can do. The Radeon 6970M and GeForce 470M perform similarly in single-card configurations, posting scores less than 1 fps apart, on average. However the gap widens noticeably in dual-card configurations, where the Radeon 6970M in Crossfire clearly has the edge over the GeForce 470M in SLI.

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