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Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 DiRT 3 Special Edition Review

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Power Consumption of the system will be measured in both idle states and loaded states and will take into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. The idle results will be measured after 15 minutes of inactivity on the system. For load testing, I will once again use Crysis Warhead run at 2560x1600 using the Gamer setting with 8xAA looping the Avalanche benchmark scenario.


  • Crysis Warhead Avalanche Demo
  • 1920x1200 Resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts












While not generally the primary concern for performance seekers when choosing new hardware, it is helpful on the energy bill to have more efficient parts. The 6870 did just fine in testing, with overclocking providing exactly the jump in wattage I'd expect.

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