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AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review: Up Against GeForce GTX 580

Benchmark Results: Crysis 2

When we organize by putting the longest bars first, the Radeon HD 7950 drops to the very bottom of our charts, behind even AMD’s own Radeon HD 6950.

Is the story really this bad for AMD in Crysis 2?

Actually, no. We knew from our Radeon HD 7970 launch coverage that this architecture does not handle DirectX 9-based apps particularly well. Whether that’s an inherent compromise or a lack of driver maturity will become more evident over time.

What is immediately apparent, though, is that switching into DirectX 11 mode, which hammers every other architecture, turns out to be a simple movement sideways for the Radeon HD 7970 and 7950. In fact, at 2560x1600, both boards perform better using DirectX 11.

Looking at the DirectX 11 numbers, we see the Radeon HD 7950 pull itself together, falling between the GeForce GTX 570 and 580. Although we know that DirectX 11 mode applies an unnecessarily extensive amount of geometry, we’d hesitate to blame the loss here to Crytek’s implementation of tessellation. After all, we saw in the HAWX 2 scaling numbers that this card is able to maintain more of its performance with tessellation applied than any competing product.

  • bak0n
    More good GPU news. Keep em coming!
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  • Im not Paying $450 for barely better then GTX 580 performance a year after its released. They will have to knock that down to like $300, $250 for a 2gb version when Nvidia releases their next gen cards. Wait those money grubers out imo.
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  • thesnappyfingers
    stm I was thinking the same thing. But then agian it is still cheaper, more efficient compared to the gtx 580. Still, I am waiting it out till kepler.
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  • rmpumper
    7950/7970 should be priced ~$50+ of 6950/6970 prices. So as it is now, if nvidia's gtx680 will be better than 7970 they will price it at >$600? That's a load of crock.
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  • Derbixrace
    great value compared to the 7970 because you can OC it to be faster than it on stock voltage and even further with voltage tweaking ;)
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  • esrever
    I'd love to have one once kepler comes and these drop in price. Im gonna start saving.
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  • It beats the GTX580 one on one in most benchies and that's not taking into account the overclocking headroom these things have, they're also power friendlier and with XFX, cooler, quieter and expected to be cheaper so what's the problem? Me thinks me smell's NV fanboys!!
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  • hardcore_gamer
    According to W1zzard's review, this card tops the Performance / Watt chart.
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  • primonatron
    Are the Skyrim benchmarks on the v1.4 beta patch?

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  • dragonsqrrl
    rmpumper7950/7970 should be priced ~$50+ of 6950/6970 prices. So as it is now, if nvidia's gtx680 will be better than 7970 they will price it at >$600? That's a load of crock.Every rumor and leak I've seen so far on gk104 pricing seems to indicate otherwise...

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/nvidia-gk104-kepler-gpu-priced-at-299-230-/
    According to Nvidia's AIB partners the initial price set for the first gk104 based graphics card is $300. Of course this can go up or down based on the competition. Unfortunately, I have the feeling it'll be going up.
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