Benchmarking AMD's 768-Shader Pitcairn: Not For Public Consumption

Benchmark Results: Mafia II, GTA IV, And Batman Arkham City

Mafia II (DirectX 9)

Despite the progress we saw in Crysis 2, it looks like AMD still has some driver optimizations to tackle in a few older DX 9 titles. In the end, this has little impact on actual playability at our test settings, with the mystery chip turning in smooth frame rates. We would have expected some of the GCN-based cards to turn in higher numbers, based on the previous results, though.

GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City (DirectX 9)

As in Mafia II, the Radeons finish just behind their GeForce counterparts, albeit by a slim margin. On the whole, all of these results are pretty good for a halfheartedly-ported console game.

Batman: Arkham City

Since the Radeon HD 7850 turns in unusually low numbers here, it’s only natural that its pared-back little sibling falls behind as well, placing behind the Radeon HD 6870 for the first time in this story. Still, the frame rates are still easily sufficient for smooth game play, although we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more driver tweaks for this title that seems to prefer Nvidia cards at the moment.

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  • jakjawagon
    Why bother editing out the vendor? The previous story and some of the picture names on this article clearly show it's Afox.
  • LePhuronn
    7830 1GB all the way - I reckon price-conscious gamers would be ALL over it (and one would be going into my Sugo SG05 immediately)
  • asal1980
    Instead of coming equipped with the usual 1024 shaders, our engineering sample sported only 768 active shader cores.