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When it comes to gaming performance AMD’s 6900 series cards have proven to be extremely capable of producing incredibly realistic 3D effects at a very reasonable price. This card is no exception. With the fact that Sapphire has even increased that performance through factory overclocking, this card now really rises to the top in terms of performance.
Our testing was very thorough with this card as it always is. We use Futuremark benchmarking software along with various gaming benchmarks to stress the card and give us an idea of real-world performance. If you are unfamiliar with our testing process just take a look at the chart that shows the components of our test bench and the charts that show which benchmarks we used to get our scores. As you can see the components we use are pretty much top of the line to give you a best-case scenario in terms of performance. You just need to keep in mind that if you plan to duplicate our tests your results may be different due to the hardware that you’re using.
In terms of overall performance this card was amazing. It was able to really put up some great 3D Mark scores and the gaming frames per second weren’t bad either. In fact they were some of the best we’ve seen for this price range. The thing to keep in mind is that this card comes in at roughly the same price as an NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti. This is a very solid card and this offering from Sapphire was able to beat it in nearly every test. In fact it did so well that we didn’t even include the GTX 560 Ti in our scores. Let me put it this way, the reference GTX 560 Ti put up a GPU score of 9156 in the Extreme setting for Vantage. This card nearly reached 9700! That’s just an incredible score for a card in this price range.