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Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

AMD Radeon HD 7870 And 7850 Review: Pitcairn Gets Benchmarked
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Bethesda’s incredibly popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim recently received a significant patch that put more of an emphasis on graphics performance. Let’s begin with 8x MSAA in conjunction with FXAA to smooth out the edges of foliage:

The new 7800-series boards do well in this game, both outrunning AMD’s Radeon HD 6970.

This is one of those titles where AMD’s Adaptive AA feature really interested us. Because there are so many transparent textures on leaves, branches, and plants, applying Adaptive AA could make a profound impact on graphics quality.

We’re also able to test Nvidia’s Transparent AA technology, which similarly anti-aliases transparent textures.

With Adaptive AA enabled, AMD’s Radeon HD 7800-series cards compare much more favourably to the Radeon HD 6900-series boards. In fact, both 7800s blow right past the fastest card in our charts, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 580.

To be fair, Nvidia’s TrSSAA looks a little better than AMD’s Adaptive AA in this game. Notice also that the Radeon HD 7800s are faster when Adaptive AA is turned on compared to MSAA with FXAA in the charts up top.  Strange though that may be, we confirmed it through multiple iterations of our benchmark. We also took screen shots that prove the 7800’s Adaptive AA yields the same output quality as the 6900s, despite the performance difference.

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    jamesedgeuk2000 , 5 March 2012 16:31
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    The Radeon HD 7800s don’t do particularly well in World of Warcraft, finishing behind their respective predecessors, albeit just slightly. More importantly, they succumb to the comparable GeForce cards they’ve been matching pace with up until now.


    WoW favours Nvidia hardware over ATi, its always been this way.
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    HEXiT , 5 March 2012 22:10
    still no absolute reason to change from my 5870... come on amd thats 2 generations of cards and neither have given a significant enough increase to warrant a replacement.
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    Tab54o , 5 March 2012 23:27
    jamesedgeuk2000WoW favours Nvidia hardware over ATi, its always been this way.


    Yeah but the question is why would anyone be buyng one of these cards to play Wow in the first place?
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    wild9 , 6 March 2012 18:18
    fufussMore importantly, they succumb to the comparable GeForce cards they’ve been matching pace with up until now.

    That's the problem with annoying bots like fufuss.. they can't see benchmark graphs.