AMD's Radeon HD 6970 & Radeon HD 6950: Paving The Future For AMDby Ryan Smith on December 15, 2010 12:01 AM EST
Mass Effect 2
Electronic Arts’ space-faring RPG is our Unreal Engine 3 game. While it doesn’t have a built in benchmark, it does let us force anti-aliasing through driver control panels, giving us a better idea of UE3’s performance at higher quality settings. Since we can’t use a recording/benchmark in ME2, we use FRAPS to record a short run.
With Mass Effect 2 we’re looking at a fairly typical scenario. The 6970 holds a slight-to-no lead on the GTX 570, while the 6950 sits between the GTX 570 and the 5870. As one of the only DX9 games still in our benchmark suite we’d expect the 6900 series to take a hit due to the shader overhaul, but either that’s not the case or it’s masking better performance.