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AMD Radeon HD 6870 And 6850: Is Barts A Step Forward?

HQV 2.0 Video Playback Quality Benchmark

While our review is pressed short for time, we did manage to run the HQV 2.0 benchmark on the Radeon HD 6870.

We left most of the driver settings at their default values but increased the edge enhancement setting to 35%, to our taste.

Here are the results we observed:

TestScore
TEST CLASS 1: VIDEO CONVERSION
Chapter 1: Video Resolution19/20
Chapter 2: Film Resolution10/10
Chapter 3: Overlay on Film8/10
Chapter 4: Response Time7/10
Chapter 5: Multi-Cadence30/30
Chapter 6: Color Upsampling Errors10/10
TEST CLASS 2: NOISE AND ARTIFACT REDUCTION
Chapter 1: Random Noise20/20
Chapter 2: Compression Artifacts20/20
Chapter 3: Upscaled Compression Artifacts20/20
TEST CLASS 3: IMAGE SCALING AND ENHANCEMENTS
Chapter 1: Scaling and Filtering15/15
Chapter 2: Resolution Enhancement15/15
TEST CLASS 4: ADAPTIVE PROCESSING
Chapter 1: Contrast Enhancement20/20
Chapter 2: Skin Tone Correction:10/10
TOTAL SCORE:204/210

As you can see, the Radeon HD 6870 achieved an almost-perfect score. While there is definitely some subjective variables for this test, our results are very close to AMD's 198/210 reported score. No matter how you slice it, the Radeon HD 6800-series is capable of superlative video playback enhancements.