AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB Review

Written by Harry Butler

February 11, 2011 // 11:48 a.m.

Tags: #6950 #black-ops #cod #speed #temp #temperature #thermal

Companies: #amd

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Publisher: Electronic Arts

From our Battlefield: Bad Company 2 review:

'Whether you’re blasting buildings apart with rockets, laying down controlled bursts with an assault rifle or putting in big booming hits with a shotgun, there’s real beef to the weaponry which again adds to the atmosphere of the game. DICE has managed once again to tap into the childish joy of shooting guns at people and things. Outside of shooting other people, the effects are equally good when you’re on the receiving end. There’s blood and dust aplenty from bullet hits and the death animations are suitably cinematic without being needlessly unpleasant or overly silly.'

Bad Company 2 uses the Frostbite game engine, and is the first PC game to use this engine. It’s DX11-compatible and uses tessellation and other advanced rendering techniques to deliver incredible visuals and bash next-gen hardware. We take a 60-second sample of us playing through a section of the Heart of Darkness level with FRAPs, always following the same path and performing the same actions. We repeat each test three times, discarding anomalous results and averaging the consistent ones.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

1,680 x 1,050 0x AA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 100
    • 80
    • 89
    • 75
    • 75
    • 65
    • 78
    • 60
    • 76
    • 60
    • 69
    • 57
    • 71
    • 56
    • 70
    • 53
    • 70
    • 53
    • 62
    • 50
    • 62
    • 47
    • 57
    • 46
    • 49
    • 40
    • 51
    • 39
    • 47
    • 39
    • 39
    • 27
0
25
50
75
100
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

1,680 x 1,050 4x AA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMDRadeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 88
    • 60
    • 77
    • 59
    • 70
    • 55
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    • 53
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    • 63
    • 44
    • 53
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    • 56
    • 38
    • 57
    • 36
    • 57
    • 36
    • 51
    • 36
    • 47
    • 35
    • 42
    • 33
    • 39
    • 31
    • 42
    • 28
    • 30
    • 17
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

1,920 x 1,200 0x AA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 91
    • 68
    • 75
    • 60
    • 69
    • 55
    • 69
    • 53
    • 63
    • 51
    • 58
    • 50
    • 60
    • 46
    • 60
    • 46
    • 58
    • 46
    • 51
    • 40
    • 54
    • 39
    • 49
    • 37
    • 45
    • 35
    • 40
    • 31
    • 39
    • 30
    • 35
    • 23
0
25
50
75
100
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

1,920 x 1,200 4x AA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    • 62
    • 48
    • 58
    • 43
    • 74
    • 42
    • 54
    • 42
    • 49
    • 36
    • 55
    • 35
    • 50
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    • 50
    • 34
    • 43
    • 32
    • 47
    • 30
    • 35
    • 27
    • 43
    • 26
    • 40
    • 26
    • 36
    • 25
    • 33
    • 23
    • 27
    • 15
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

2,560 x 1,600 0x AA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
    • 44
    • 34
    • 48
    • 33
    • 43
    • 31
    • 40
    • 30
    • 42
    • 29
    • 42
    • 29
    • 42
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    • 36
    • 24
    • 32
    • 23
    • 36
    • 22
    • 33
    • 22
    • 29
    • 20
    • 25
    • 18
    • 23
    • 16
    • 22
    • 12
    • 62
    • 0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

2,560 x 1,600 4x AA 16xAF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
    • 38
    • 29
    • 38
    • 26
    • 36
    • 26
    • 34
    • 26
    • 33
    • 21
    • 33
    • 21
    • 31
    • 21
    • 27
    • 21
    • 32
    • 20
    • 29
    • 17
    • 26
    • 15
    • 23
    • 14
    • 20
    • 14
    • 19
    • 13
    • 16
    • 9
    • 50
    • 0
0
10
20
30
40
50
Frame Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

NOTE: the AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB has been removed from both 2,560 x 1,600 tests as its micro-stuttering made the game unplayable. FRAPs was unable to represent this fact, returning minimums of 42fps when no AA was used and of 30fps when 4x AA was used, but we feel that these results do not represent the actual experience of using the card.

For explanation of what these numbers mean, head to the Results Analysis page.
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