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PowerColor DEVIL 13 HD 6970 2GB Video Card Review - Test System Setup

Our testbed gets the devil within her via the brand new PowerColor DEVIL 13 HD 6970. Let's find out what it's all about.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 3:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: PowerColor

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

While we've seen X79 for the most part does nothing for games over the older Sandy Bridge Platform, we've decided to make the transition over to it anyway. It's not going to help us so much in single card reviews, but more so in multi GPU testing thanks to the fact we've got a total of 40 PCIe lanes on offer.

 

Really, though, you can see everything in our test system above and if you've been following our X79 coverage then you'll have a fair idea of what we're using and why we're using it.

 

For today's testing we've chosen to run our card using the second BIOS which means we're running at a 960MHz core and our 2GB of GDDR5 comes in at 5700MHz QDR.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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