AMD's Radeon HD 6970 & Radeon HD 6950: Paving The Future For AMDby Ryan Smith on December 15, 2010 12:01 AM EST
Up next is BattleForge, Electronic Arts’ free to play online RTS. As far as RTSes go this game can be quite demanding, and this is without the game’s DX11 features.
With BattleForge the situation immediately reverses for AMD and then some. The GTX 570 takes a commanding lead over both AMD cards; worse, the 5870 and the 6950 are effectively tied. We routinely see BattleForge show up as a shader-bound benchmark, so it stands to reason that the potential loss in shader performance on the Cayman architecture would hurt AMD here. This would certainly explain why the 6950 can’t gain any ground on the 5870.