Legit Video Card Reviews
AMD Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 CrossFire Video Card Review
|Product:||AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850|
|Date:||Thu, Oct 21, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl following the ending in which Strelok destroys the C-Consciousness. Having discovered the open path to the Zone's center, the government decides to stage a large-scale operation to take control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat utilizes the XRAY 1.6 Engine, allowing advanced modern graphical features through the use of DirectX 11 to be fully integrated; one outstanding feature being the inclusion of real-time GPU tessellation. Regions and maps feature photo realistic scenes of the region it is made to represent. There is also extensive support for older versions of DirectX, meaning that Call of Pripyat is also compatible with older DirectX 8, 9, 10 and 10.1 graphics cards.
The game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CoP has no internal benchmarking tools built into the game engine, but they do have a standalone benchmark available that we used for our testing purposes. The screen capture above shows the main window of the benchmark with our settings. Notice we are running Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting "DX11" as our renderer.
Under the advanced settings we enabled tessellation and 4x MSAA. We didn't enable ambient occlusion as we wanted to use these test settings for mainstream cards down the road and these settings should be tough enough to stress any and all DX11 enabled video cards.
Benchmark Results: When S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat first came out it was one of the toughest DX11 benchmarks that you could run, but as you can see all of the DX11 video cards on the market today can easily run this PC Game title. Here we see the AMD Radeon HD 6870 was just a tad faster than the ATI Radeon HD 5850 and having about the same performance as a pair of Radeon HD 5770 video cards running in CrossFire.
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Page 1 - AMD's 2nd Generation DX11 Video Card - Radeon 6800
Page 2 - 6800 Strategy, Pricing, and a peek at the 6900 series
Page 3 - Stereoscopic 3D, HDMI 1.4, Eyefinity and More
Page 4 - The AMD Radeon HD 6850
Page 5 - The AMD Radeon HD 6870
Page 6 - The Test System
Page 7 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 8 - Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Page 9 - Just Cause 2
Page 10 - Metro 2033
Page 11 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 12 - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Page 13 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 14 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 15 - FurMark 1.8.2
Page 16 - Temperature Testing
Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 18 - Overclocking
Page 19 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions