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AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 - Northern Islands Ahoy!

By Kenny Yeo - 22 Oct 2010

Crysis Warhead & Far Cry 2 Results

Crysis Warhead & Far Cry 2 Results

Moving on to Crysis Warhead, we get a taste of the Radeon HD 6800 series performance on real world gaming applications. The Radeon HD 6870 comfortably outperformed the old HD 5850 and was about 5% quicker overall. Against its rival, the 1GB GeForce GTX 460, it was about a whopping 20% quicker, which is impressive.

On the other hand, the ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU wasn’t too shabby either as it was only a shade slower than the Radeon HD 5850. Practically speaking, it was only about a frame or two slower. And against its marked competitor, the 768MB GeForce GTX 460, it was more than 10% quicker. In fact, both Radeon HD 6800 series cards were quicker even than the old GeForce GTX 285, which was once the world’s fastest single GPU card. Not bad for a supposedly mainstream card, eh? 

Far Cry 2 has traditionally been an NVIDIA stronghold, so to speak, seeing how well their cards perform on this benchmark, but it seems that AMD has gone to some lengths to improve their cards in this segment. Here, the Radeon HD 6870 was marginally quicker than the HD 5870, and was competitive against the 1GB GeForce GTX 460, taking a slight lead when we increased the resolution.

The ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU also did well in that it was quicker than the Radeon HD 5850, and was also able to match the 768MB GeForce GTX 460. Like the Radeon HD 6870 and the 1GB GeForce GTX 460, the ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU lost out on the 1280 x 800 resolution, but gradually clawed itself back as we increased the resolution going from 1680 x 1050 to 1920 x 1200. 

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