Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
Especially in the early stages of a product’s life cycle, synthetic benchmarks give us a glimpse at how well drivers are coming along, as vendors almost always devote lots of time optimizing for those tests. But gamers don’t play synthetics, making real-world metrics much more critical to us enthusiasts. Let’s start with Battlefield 3, one of the most graphically-impressive titles of 2011:
With ultra detail enabled, the Radeon HD 7970 blows past the Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 580, nipping at the heels of the GeForce GTX 590. It provides smooth Eyefinity performance across three 1080p monitors, too. Note that the GeForce GTX 580 is simply unable to compete in that configuration, as Nvidia’s single-GPU graphics cards require SLI to facilitate at least three cumulative display outputs.
Now let’s make things more interesting by adding 4x MSAA to the mix:
The Radeon HD 7970 doesn’t do as well as the dual-GPU cards with 4xAA at 1080p, but it still manages a playable frame rate, easily surpassing the single-GPU competition.
The triple-monitor Eyefinity result looks impressive, but it’s not really playable on any of these graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 590 couldn’t run in Surround mode consistently without crashing.
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.