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AMD Radeon HD 6970 & HD 6950 - Cayman Arrives!

By Kenny Yeo - 15 Dec 2010

Crysis Warhead & Far Cry 2 Results

Crysis Warhead & Far Cry 2 Results

Moving on to real-world gaming applications with Crysis Warhead, we noted that the Radeon HD 6970 was slightly quicker than the GeForce GTX 570, especially when anti-aliasing was enabled, no doubt due its significantly larger framebuffer. But even so, the difference was very slight. This also meant that Radeon HD 6970 was some ways off from challenging the mighty GeForce GTX 580.

On the other hand, the Radeon HD 6950 just only a fraction quicker than the old Radeon HD 5870, and again, the difference was most apparent with anti-aliasing enabled. Clearly, the improved anti-aliasing engine and large framebuffer of the Cayman cards helped them in these scenarios. 

NVIDIA cards have traditionally performed well on Far Cry 2 so perhaps it’s not surprising to see the Radeon HD 6970 losing out to the GeForce GTX 570. Compared to the Radeon HD 6950, the HD 6970 was about 11% quicker, whereas the Radeon HD 6950 continued to outperform the old Radeon HD 5870 by a slight margin. 

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