Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
Codemasters’ racing titles are famous for demanding both CPU and GPU resources, so DiRT 3 is a good metric for testing high-end graphics cards on an overclocking enthusiast-oriented platform.
The Ultra details preset with anti-aliasing disabled is no challenge at all at 1080p, but this game doesn’t scale well with triple-monitor resolutions, and the Radeon HD 6970 can’t manage 30 FPS on average.
Performance at 1080p is smooth from one contender to the next, and although the frame rates certainly drop at 5760x1080, the Radeon HD 7970 manages to maintain a minimum performance level that doesn’t dip below 30 FPS.
I'll be trolling Newegg for the next couple weeks on the off-chance they pop up before the 9th. A couple in CrossFire could be pretty phenomenal, but it remains to be seen if they maintain the 6900-series scalability.
Hate to break it to you, but there won't be, unless you celebrate Christmas in mid-January.
Start treating your SO super-nice and ask for one for Valentine's Day!
If I ever find someone that will buy me a $500 graphics card for Valentine's Day I'll be proposing on the spot.
While I have little doubt that 2x of these cards would be very impressive, so would the $1100+ pricetag. I guess coming from the 580 SLI standpoint it might not seem like much, but if you've been considering the $750 ($900 for mobo+psu difference) 3x 6950 route like myself it seems like a major jump.
Of course this is all just initial reaction towards the earliest of benchmarks. Given awhile to really dig around the new 7xxx, while allowing it to mature from a driver standpoint might make the 3x6950 seem foolhardy.