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HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ 2GB Video Cards in CrossFire Overclocked Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2012 6:30 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: HIS



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


We've got a number of video cards in our lineup today starting with some single card setups including the reference clocked HD 7870, HD 7950 and HD 7970. Along with them we've got a couple of CrossFire setups in the form of the HD 7870 in CrossFire, HD 7950 in CrossFire and HD 7970 in CrossFire.


We've also got some representation from NVIDIA with the new GTX 680 present and the Palit GTX 680 4GB cards in SLI which is our fastest dual video card setup at the moment.


That pretty much covers everything, so let's get into the performance side of things to see just what this overclocked HIS HD 7870 CrossFire setup is capable of.


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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