Game Performance: Crysis, Metro, DiRT, Shogun, & Batman

As the 7970 BEDD is a factory overclocked card it has a leg up in performance on the reference 7970, with the specific advantage depending on the game and whether it benefits more from the 8% core overclock or the 4% RAM overclock. Since this is architecturally identical to the reference 7970 we won’t make any drawn out conclusions, but it’s easy enough to see the benefits of higher clockspeeds on a 7970 card.

The BEDD leads the reference 7970 by about 4% in Crysis, more closely trending the memory clockspeed difference than the core clockspeed difference.

With Metro the story is similar; at 2560 we’re seeing a 4% gain. At 1920 however that gain is closer to 8%, which may mean Metro is teetering on being memory bandwidth limited at the highest resolutions.

DiRT 3’s performance gains almost strictly mirror the increase in the core clock, if not lead it by a bit. For this reason DiRT 3 is clearly the most GPU limited title in our lineup, and the title to benefit the most from XFX’s factory overclock.

Shogun is much like Metro: around 4% at 2560, and around 8% at 1920, indicating that it too may be reaching the limits of the 7970’s memory bandwidth.

Batman meanwhile is far more consistent. The gains from XFX’s overclock are just under 4%, almost exactly matching the memory bandwidth difference.

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  • wifiwolf - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    I would assume it's a nice fit for you too as you tend to persist. Reply
  • Morg. - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link


    Information : good

    Information + Information about the Information : better

    The content presented here is not worthless, one just has to know what it is and how it is limited (i.e. anandtech needs funding, they can't do all benchmarks themselves, etc.)
  • AssBall - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    Trolls like you?

    Not informative.

    Not factual.

    Not worth reading.
  • MrBunny - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    point made. formulation could be more along the lines that this cooling solution(though being louder at idle but cooler) is nicely executed being the card is overclocked and there by beating the reference design cooler easily in temps and noise.

    the only thing that they need to fix is the the idle fan pwm so it can be silent at idle aswell.

    @Njoy i think he read it just right.
  • Morg. - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Just edit the bios manually when tools are available and you can change the curve from the original (which XFX didn't bother to modify for some reason .. they simply had to lower the first point in the curve to 15% or something - unless as I said there was a minimum voltage for the fans to start -- ) Reply
  • R3MF - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    how is GCN an architecture targetted at compute tasks when it is no more capable of DP FP than the VLIW4, in that it is still only capable of doing DP tasks at 1/4 speed of SP?

    or, is the 1/4 only a function of crippled consumer drivers, whereas professional products will see perhaps 1/2 for DP FP?
  • Morg. - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    Probably the latter.

    All in all, GCN is exactly like Fermi (which is also like an older design) and the performance characteristics should be very close in the end - where it matters (i.e. not gamer products).
  • R3MF - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    would be a shame if true, especially when paying $549 for the hardware! Reply
  • Morg. - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Are you really doing GPU accelerated computing ?? Reply
  • R3MF - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    me? no.

    but it is going to become a very mainstream thing for performance hungry applications, and i always dislike buying artificially disabled products.

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