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Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB Video Card Review
|Product:||Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB|
|Date:||Thu, Jun 28, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11. It is a direct sequel to 2005's Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA's Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.
Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.
This game looks great and we tested with the highest settings possible. This means we used 'ultra' settings and really punished the cards being tested. We ran FRAPS for two minutes on the single player map called 'Rock and a Hard Place' for benchmarking.
Benchmark Results: The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC 3GB did great in Battlefield 3 and performed slightly slower than the MSI R7970 Lightning 3GB video card that costs $50 more. At 1920x1080 there is a 1.4 FPS difference and that is clearly not worth $50.
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Page 1 - SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC 3GB
Page 2 - Retail Box & Bundle
Page 3 - The Test System
Page 4 - Batman: Arkham City
Page 5 - Battlefield 3
Page 6 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Page 7 - DiRT 3
Page 8 - H.A.W.X. 2
Page 9 - Just Cause 2
Page 10 - Metro 2033
Page 11 - 3DMark 11
Page 12 - Unigine Heaven 3.0
Page 13 - Power Consumption
Page 14 - Temperature & Noise Testing
Page 15 - Overclocking The 7970 OC - How Far Will It Go?
Page 16 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions