Just Cause 2
AMD-based graphics cards have always been good in Just Cause 2. The Radeon HD 6970 was quite competitive against the more expensive GeForce GTX 580, for example, so the HD 7970 delivers fantastic performance, beating the GTX 580 by 41-71% depending on the resolution and graphics quality settings. The new AMD-based card wins, meeting no opposition among single-chip solutions in Just Cause 2.
Aliens vs. Predator (2010)
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is unrivalled in Aliens vs. Predator (2010), too. It is 15 to 47% faster than the Radeon HD 6970 and 28 to 34% faster than the GeForce GTX 580. The latter cannot catch up with the leader even when overclocked to 910/1820/4780 MHz whereas our overclocking adds 19-23% to the frame rate of the HD 7970.
Lost Planet 2
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 enjoys a record 62% advantage over the HD 6970 in the MSAA-less mode. When MSAA is enabled, the gap between the two cards amounts to 52-54%. Nvidia-based solutions have always been faster than their AMD-based counterparts in this game, but the GeForce GTX 580 falls behind the new AMD flagship: by 13-16% in the MSAA-less mode and by 22-26% with enabled MSAA. Our overclocking improves the Radeon HD 7970’s performance by an additional 20-23%, just like in the other tests.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is one of two games in this review where the Radeon HD 7970 is beaten by the GeForce GTX 580. On the other hand, the new card is 10-17% ahead of the Radeon HD 6970 and gets a performance boost of 18-30% when overclocked to 1130/7000 MHz. The latest game patch (version 1.4.2) doesn’t solve the FSAA performance issues on AMD-based solutions.
Sid Meier's Civilization V
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 leaves no chance to its opponents in Civilization V, leaving the Radeon HD 6970 behind by as much as 35 to 50% and the GeForce GTX 580 by 29-35%, depending on the visual quality and resolution settings. Overclocking helps the MSI card get closer to the leader, yet the HD 7970 is ahead anyway. Moreover, the latter gets a 20% or higher performance boost from its own overclocking.