AMD Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6870

Review

posted 1/24/2011 by John Yan
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I don’t have a GeForce GTX 460 to test the two cards against, but I can run it against the GeForce GTX 480, which is around $200 more than the Radeon HD 6870 and around $260 than the Radeon HD 6850 to see how well the upper mid-range cards stack with a higher end NVIDIA card. Here, we’ll see if the card offers a good performance for the price it’s set at as AMD’s really emphasizing the 6800 series’s bang for the buck.

To test the cards, my system consists of:

Intel i7 860
4GB of DDR3 ram
MSI P55A-GD65
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
Catalyst 10.10
NVIDIA 260.99 drivers

The first benchmark is the newly released 3D Mark 11. Futurmark’s newest synthetic benchmark takes a card through its paces and is geared towards DirectX 11 performance. There are six new benchmarks utilizing various DirectX 11 features as well as a whole other suite of CPU tests.


Now let’s get to the games. All the games were tested at a resolution of 1920x1080. Up first will be one of my favorites, Left 4 Dead 2. I recorded the end of Dark Carnival with my character being on God mode. Tests were run using the replay system of the game and three playbacks were done. What you see is the average of the three playbacks.


Just Cause 2 is up next and I’ve used the built in benchmark program here. Again, three iterations were done with the average shown below. I used the Concrete Jungle benchmark here where it does a flyby through a city area while adjusting the daylight that’s casted.

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