AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition & HD 7850 Review - Aliens vs. Predator

Submitted by skipclarke on 7 March, 2012 - 01:22

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Still demanding DX11 benchmark that we've used for a while here on the WSGF. Though it's closing in on two years old, the AvP stand-alone benchmark tool is still a good test of DX11 hardware. It isn't very demanding from a CPU perspective, so it gives a good test of the GPU itself.

The AvP demo also makes good usage of DX11 effects such as Advanced Shadows and Geometry Tessellation, particularly on the alien create and the alien "pods". There are also some unique lighting effects used, by placing mobile lighting sources in a floor lamp that is battered around by the alien creatures as they clamor down a tight hallway.

The HD 7800 family "trades jabs" with the HD 6900 family in widescreen. The HD 7870 just edges out the HD 6970, while the HD 6950 just edges out the HD 7850. All in all, they perform relatively on par with each other. Just remember that this is occurring at a much lower power profile, with reduced heat and noise as well. We see similar performance in Eyefinity. The HD 6970 and HD 7870 tie in performance, with the HD 6950 just edging out the HD 7850.