MSI R7970 Lightning Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card Review

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LuxMark v2.0

OpenCL has certainly taken off in recent years, so we will be looking at LuxMark. LuxMark is a OpenCL benchmark tool and a great test of GPU computing performance. We used LuxMark v2.0 with the Sala benchmark scene. Sala is a 488,000+ triangles benchmark. This scene has been designed by Daniel “ZanQdo” Salazar and adapted for SLG2 by Michael “neo2068” Klemm.

LuxMark v2.0 Sala

This is what the Sala Benchmark scene looks like when fully rendered. Let’s take a look to see how the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 and MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lighting do on this scene.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680:

GeForce GTX 680 Folding

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 scored on average 618 points on LuxMark v2.0 on the Sala benchmark scene. Not too bad, but as you can see it is much more pixelated than the fully rendered image. 

MSI R7970 Lighting:

GeForce GTX 680 Folding

The MSI R7970 Lighting was able to better render this scene as you can tell from the image above and the final score was 1844 points on average.

LuxMark Benchmark Results

Here are the benchmark results for those that like to see a chart!  The score is actually the results in thousands of samples per second, so as you can see the compute performance of the MSI R7970 Lighting is about three times higher than that of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 in this particular benchmark.

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