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Warhammer 40 000 Dawn of War II: Retribution

Our Radeon HD 6970 CrossFireX configuration doesn’t show its full potential in Retribution, being limited by the performance of the CPU and the testbed at large. The diagram makes it clear that a single Radeon HD 6970 is going to be enough for playing this game. The only problem is that the bottom frame rate is too low despite our running every game from a RAID0 built out of two SSDs and having a 4.5GHz six-core CPU in our testbed. Hopefully, the situation will improve with driver updates or game patches.

Total War: Shogun 2

We used the maximum graphics quality settings for this game:

The test scene was heavy and very beautiful.



Here are the results:

The new test from Total War: Shogun 2 is so heavy that even the two pre-overclocked Radeon HD 6970s in CrossFireX mode do not feel at ease. A single Radeon HD 6970 may fail to deliver a playable frame rate if you enable the highest settings. Two such cards in CrossFireX mode will double both the minimum and average frame rates. So, AMD’s multi-GPU technology is most efficient in this game.

DiRT 3

The newest game on our list was tested with AMD Catalyst 11.5bRC5 dated 05.25.2011. We used the highest graphics quality settings:


The visuals and level of detail of the new racing sim are most impressive:

Here are the results:

CrossFireX is impressively efficient in this game, boosting the frame rate by 90 to 97% compared to the single card.

You can also check out the table below with full test results:

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