AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review Feat. Sapphire & XFX: Sewing Up The High-End Marketby Ryan Smith on January 31, 2012 9:02 AM EST
Paired with Crysis as our second behemoth FPS is Metro: 2033. Metro gives up Crysis’ lush tropics and frozen wastelands for an underground experience, but even underground it can be quite brutal on GPUs, which is why it’s also our new benchmark of choice for looking at power/temperature/noise during a game. If its sequel due this year is anywhere near as GPU intensive then a single GPU may not be enough to run the game with every quality feature turned up.
The story in Metro is much the same as it was in Crysis, with the 7950 sailing past the GTX 580. At 2560 this is a 20% performance lead, enough to push the 7950 above 30fps, while at 1920 it’s still holding on to a 15% advantage. The factory overclocked cards further widen the gap by 7-9% for the Sapphire and XFX cards respectively. Overall the 7950 generally trails the 7970 by 15%, while the factory overclocked cards close this gap by nearly 2/3rds.