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XFX HD6970 3-way CFx & HD6950 CFx review

Futuremark released 3DMark Vantage, on April 28, 2008. It is a benchmark based upon DirectX 10, and therefore will only run under Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 is stated as a requirement) and Windows 7.  This is the first edition where the feature-restricted, free of charge version could not be used any number of times. 1280×1024 resolution was used with performance settings.

We were impressed with the 3DMark Vantage scaling in Crossfire, with an incredible final score of 44,000 with 3x XFX HD6970's in CFx. The single card scores are also good, with the HD6970 scoring 21,000 while the last generation HD5870 scores 18,709, a significant increase in performance. Same for the HD6950, a score of 18,271 compared to the 14,892 of the last generation HD5850.

Those regular readers might remember our XFX HD5970 Black Edition 4GB CrossfireX review, our goal was to crack the 40k barrier with performance settings enabled. We recorded a video of the system rendering 20,000 frames in the Calico Test.

Incredibly, three 6970's in CrossfireX can also break the 20,000 rendered frame barrier in this test. We have included a video below of the cards in action and remember three of these XFX HD6970's cards cost well under £900, the price of a single HD5970 Black Edition 4GB!

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