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AMD Radeon HD 6970 & HD 6950 - Cayman Arrives!

By Kenny Yeo - 15 Dec 2010

Unigine "Heaven" 2.1 Results

Unigine "Heaven" 2.1 Results

Unigine is an benchmark that stresses tessellation performance more than anything else and here we can see that AMD has made significant improvements to the way the new Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 handle tessellation operations. The Radeon HD 6970 is a good 10% quicker than the Radeon HD 6950, but the HD 6950 is no slouch seeing that it is around a whopping 40% quicker than the HD 5870.

The Radeon HD 6970 was also able to match the GeForce GTX 570 with anti-aliasing disabled. Enable anti-aliasing, however, and it starts to build a small advantage and comes to close to challenging even the GeForce GTX 580 and the most intensive run of 1920 x 1200 with 8x anti-aliasing enabled. Judging from the numbers here, it seems that AMD has greatly improved the tessellation performance of their newest cards.

When we reverted to DirectX10, however, we noticed the Radeon HD 6970 staging a fightback, easily out-muscling the GeForce GTX 570 and was about as quick as the GeForce GTX 580.  

DirectX11 Results

 

DirectX10 Results

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