The graphics cards are listed in the diagrams in the order of descending retail price:
- Radeon HD 7950 – starting at $449;
- GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB/3 GB – starting at $389/starting at $529;
- Radeon HD 7870 – starting at $359;
- Radeon HD 6970 – starting at $349;
- GeForce GTX 570 – starting at $289;
- Radeon HD 7850 – starting at $249.
The standings from the cheapest Radeon HD 7850 to the most expensive Radeon HD 7950 match the recommended prices of the cards. And while the HD 7850 doesn’t show anything exceptional, the HD 7870 beats the Radeon HD 6970. When overclocked, it even has the highest score among all the cards, including the GTX 580 and HD 7950. That’s very good for a $349 product!
The new cards from AMD look even better in the heavier tests of 3DMark 2011.
Unigine Heaven Demo
AMD’s new products are especially impressive in this test. As you remember, AMD has promised a fourfold increase in their tessellation performance!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
The Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and Radeon HD 7850 perform brilliantly in our first gaming test. They beat the Radeon HD 6970 as well as the GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570. The overclocked Radeon HD 7870 even outperforms the Radeon HD 7950!
Left 4 Dead 2
The new cards are impressively fast in this game, too.
Metro 2033: The Last Refuge
The Metro 2033 game engine calls for a faster graphics subsystem, so you can play comfortably only at 1920x1080 unless you lower your visual quality settings. There’s no point in comparing the cards as they differ by a mere 2 or 3 frames per second.