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Sapphire Radeon HD6850 and HD6870 Review

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Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.

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1080p is a standard resolution we use with the Heaven Benchmark on all graphics cards, this means all review results are comparable throughout previous months.

Shaders are set to high, Tessellation to normal, anistrophy to 4 and Anti Aliasing is disabled.

The Sapphire HD6870 scores an average of 35.2 frames per second which brings it past the previous single core AMD flagship, the AMD HD5870. This is a great result for the new architecture and we can already see the potential. The Sapphire HD6850 scores in a similar zone to the GTX460 768MB, just under 30fps.

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