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.
Benchmark Results: A 40% better overall score on the HD7870 is impressive for a new card that could be purchased at the same price point the other was originally.