Unigine Heaven benchmark was first released in October 2009, it is now on the fourth generation of the benchmark. It is a benchmark that tests DirectX 11, the scores provided are 100% based on the GPU’s performance. Like most benchmarks, it has presets that can be customized for a specific test. These presets makes it easy to get a good comparison of the results. In addition to providing the FPS it also monitors the GPU temperature and clock; however that we will not be concerned with at this time. With Heaven’s presets being able to adjusted, they were set to the Ultra quality, Tesselation to Extreme and Anti-aliasing to x8. The integrated graphics on the APU was included in this test to show how much more powerful a dedicated graphics card can be instead of using the graphics on the APU.
Benchmark Results: In both Overall score and the FPS tests, the XFX 7950 performed very well with only a small difference in performance. While Heaven focuses on the GPU, some processing will be done on the CPU, this could account for the small difference in scores.