AMD 6800 Series Reviewccokeman , RHKCommander959 -
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Featuring a new game engine named Dunia, this game looks to be another one to stress your video card. Built especially for Far Cry 2, this engine allows for real time effects and damage. This next generation first person shooter comes to us from Ubisoft surprisingly - not from Crytek. The game is set in a war-torn region of Africa where there is a non-existent central government and the chaos that surrounds this type of social environment. If you have seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know the setting. Ubisoft puts the main storyline of the game into focus with these statements: "Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfill your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force." In this version of the game, you don't have the beautiful water, but instead the beauty and harshness of the African continent to contend with. Most games give you a set area that can be played through, while Ubisoft has given the gamer the equivalent of 50 square kilometers of the vast African continent to explore while in pursuit of your goals. The settings used are just a few steps below the maximum in-game settings and offer a good blend of performance vs. visual quality.
- 4x AA
- Ranch Small
- Global Setting = High
Higher = Better
The AMD HD 6870 cards from the three manufacturers are all reference cards and, as such, their performance characteristics will be almost mirror images when run at stock speeds. When you start ratcheting up the clock speeds, small differences in performance appear. In this game, the 6870 and 6850 both exceed the 5870 and 5850. However, the HD 6850 is slower than the 6870 by a noticeable margin. But, to put both cards in perspective, the GTX 460 is performing with higher FPS.