The long awaited 3DMark 11 benchmarking software was officially launched just about a week ago and it makes extensive use of all of DirectX 11 features such as tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. It’s early days yet for this benchmark and we couldn’t get the NVIDIA cards to successfully complete a run, but here’s how the latest Northern Islands cards measure up against one another.
On to the trusty 3DMark Vantage and we noticed that the new Radeon HD 6970 was unable to outscore the GeForce GTX 570. In fact, if we had to nitpick, we would say that the GeForce GTX 570 did marginally better.
However, the Radeon HD 6970 was did score substantially better than the Radeon HD 6950, by about 10% overall. The Radeon HD 6950, in turn, achieved roughly the same scores as the old HD 5870, which also happened to be 15% or so greater than the Radeon HD 6870.