ASUS EAH6970 Review

Unigine

ASUS EAH6970 Review

Unigine 0xAA

Wow. Here is a turn-up for the books. We're using the same Catalyst 10.12 drivers here as we did on our most recent testing, but there is something about this combination that eats Unigine for breakfast. To gain 5FPS in a benchmark that takes huge amounts of extra grunt to gain a single FPS is stunning. Does the ultra-high settings of 8xAA keep it up.

 

Unigine 8xAA

Normally increasing image quality narrows the gap between results. Especially on systems that should theoretically perform identically. However here the gap widens yet further to a frankly unbelievable 8 frames per second. With both the reference card and this ASUS model at the same clock speeds, the same drivers and with identical speed, but not specification, processors we're really at a loss to explain such a monumental improvement.

So astounded are we, here is the result from Unigine itself.

ASUS EAH6970 Review

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21-12-2010, 05:02:29

tinytomlogan
The latest variant of the HD6970 comes to us via ASUS. Does their voltage tweak BIOS enable extra performance?

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21-12-2010, 05:28:01

Rastalovich
Something still doesn't seem right. A colleague is still scratching his head here.

But looking at it from my pov, I've seen that issue with using an overclocking tool before. You ramp the slider as high as it'll go and you feel you could take it further - and it just won't allow it. It happened

to me recently using afterburner on a 8400 (which is besides the point), but you feel the 'tool' is being told the up/low limits. Perhaps the bios is the key.

If it were mine (I mean donate to me to play with), I'd delve into the bios fiddling menu like atitool/afterburner has and try and massage the limits. From memory tho, if the tool doesn't know the card's bios, it will limit what you can do. I'd still fiddle with it tho.

This is besides the point tho. Off the shelf, something still aint right to me.

Voltage tweak and a oc limit ? Nah, definitely not.

I hate to harp on about it, but those bios versions from the ref card and this would be interesting. I'm going to see if there's any revisions coming out in the future too.Quote

21-12-2010, 05:28:49

lawson
Nice review Tom Quote
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