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    Phoronix: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 On Linux

    In this review today at Phoronix we are testing out the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X 1GB graphics card to see how this popular AMD Radeon graphics processor is performing under Linux.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15714

  • #2
    Michael, is it possible to run same tests on this cards using windows catalyst driver, linux catalyst driver and linux opensource driver? I know that unigine tests, for example perform same both on windows and linux when on nvidia hardware and their blob. But how is it about amd?

    And thanks for the review!

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    • #3
      Lastly, when switching over to Unigine Heaven, which is the most demanding Linux tech demo available from Unigine Corp, the RV770-generation of ATI graphics processors were actually faster than the Radeon HD 5700 and Radeon HD 6800 series.
      This is no surprise *at all*, because the RV770 chips don't have standard "DX11" tessellation support, thus won't actually render the same thing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SavageX View Post
        This is no surprise *at all*, because the RV770 chips don't have standard "DX11" tessellation support, thus won't actually render the same thing.
        The unigine-heaven test profile isn't using tessellation enabled.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael View Post
          The unigine-heaven test profile isn't using tessellation enabled.
          Which settings does it use? For comparison, I'm getting about 24fps on a 460GTX paired with a Core2 E8400@stock. With normal tesselation, max AA and AF.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael View Post
            The unigine-heaven test profile isn't using tessellation enabled.
            Oh.
            qwertzuiop

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              The unigine-heaven test profile isn't using tessellation enabled.
              I think this should get mentioned prominently whenever you use it, then, because most people view the heaven benchmark as primarily about tesselation. That's the first thing that comes to mind, anyway.

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              • #8
                That's all sweet, but without VDPAU not buying (not to mention opengl bugs).
                Also, it's rather difficult to see which line what color is (temperature, fan speed charts), so either make them thicker or whatnot.

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                • #9
                  If you wish to see how your system's graphics performance compares to the Radeon HD 6870, you can run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1102134-IV-SENSORS4225 to replicate the same tests and settings as used in this article so you can see how your system compares side-by-side to these results, when using Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.
                  This is nice and all Michael however since the amount of people that have a 30" monitor is extremely small perhaps future benchmarks should have more then one resolution tested. Runs at 1920x1080 should probably be used as the "base resolution". I'm not saying that 2560x1600 runs should not be included but for readers a resolution run of 1920x1080 would allow more people to do a head to head comparison.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    This is nice and all Michael however since the amount of people that have a 30" monitor is extremely small perhaps future benchmarks should have more then one resolution tested. Runs at 1920x1080 should probably be used as the "base resolution". I'm not saying that 2560x1600 runs should not be included but for readers a resolution run of 1920x1080 would allow more people to do a head to head comparison.
                    If you run that comparison it already has 1920 x 1080 results inside.
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      Interesting.

                      BTW, I notice you tend to deck out your test systems with pathetically low amounts of RAM. When running extremely demanding tests like Unigine Heaven, isn't it safe to bet that they will be demanding at least that much RAM from the system? For all sorts of caching, textures evicted from GTT, etc.

                      And let's not forget all the overhead of running Ubuntu as a base...

                      What I'm saying is, make sure the system isn't swapping while you're doing these tests, or the numbers will be artificially deflated regardless of which GPU you're using.

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                      • #12
                        On the first read through this card looked like a must buy for my new system.
                        Until i started reading up on it in the windows world, some reviewers find it runs too hot and the price point as relates to its competitors and other AMD cards doesn't justify a buy since you can get earlier cards cheaper and better nvidia cards for around the same price.
                        Yes i know with the gaming crowds its all about the FPS and the most graphic intensive game i will probably get will be the new Unigine game however when i buy a graphics card its got to last at least 3yrs-5yrs in system. I hate the naming scheme of the graphic card companies, turns out this card is based on a lowend chip and not a true successor to the 5870.
                        So here comes hours of graphic card research.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dredhammer View Post
                          On the first read through this card looked like a must buy for my new system.
                          Until i started reading up on it in the windows world, some reviewers find it runs too hot and the price point as relates to its competitors and other AMD cards doesn't justify a buy since you can get earlier cards cheaper and better nvidia cards for around the same price.
                          Yes i know with the gaming crowds its all about the FPS and the most graphic intensive game i will probably get will be the new Unigine game however when i buy a graphics card its got to last at least 3yrs-5yrs in system. I hate the naming scheme of the graphic card companies, turns out this card is based on a lowend chip and not a true successor to the 5870.
                          So here comes hours of graphic card research.

                          Huh? It's essentially an HD5870 with a better tessellation engine which means it'll do quite well with the new Unigine based stuff, but Michael, as usual didn't do a proper review and left out tests with tessellation enabled. Nor did he bench it with the Gallium3D drivers for it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dredhammer View Post
                            On the first read through this card looked like a must buy for my new system.
                            Until i started reading up on it in the windows world, some reviewers find it runs too hot and the price point as relates to its competitors and other AMD cards doesn't justify a buy since you can get earlier cards cheaper and better nvidia cards for around the same price.
                            Yes i know with the gaming crowds its all about the FPS and the most graphic intensive game i will probably get will be the new Unigine game however when i buy a graphics card its got to last at least 3yrs-5yrs in system. I hate the naming scheme of the graphic card companies, turns out this card is based on a lowend chip and not a true successor to the 5870.
                            So here comes hours of graphic card research.

                            the 6870 does not run hot at all, in fact it is one of the best bargins in graphics right now. I don't know where your getting your info, but it is utter fud, now the 6970 does run a alot hotter, but its also a much larger chip.its competing with fermi.

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                            • #15
                              Actually the i read the very reviews Sapphire themselves linked to on their official site to show how good the card is.
                              I dont know if they just took the reviews based on the ratings and didnt bother to read them fully or just hoped people would see the high ratings given and not bother to read the whole review.
                              The review sites all say its a good card BUT it runs very hot when compared with other cards in its class, is not a true successor to the 5870 and there are cheaper cards that give the same performance.
                              Again this from the windows gaming crowd so there you go.

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