Benchmarks: Far Cry 2, Aliens vs. Predator
To test Far Cry 2, we used the "Action Scene" from the custom benchmark tool, which we feel is an excellent representation of real gameplay performance. We ran this DirectX 10 title at maximum in-game quality settings with 8xAA.
The Radeon HD 6970 had an average showing on Far Cry 2 as it delivered just 15% more performance than the HD 5870 making it 18% slower than the HD 5970. More importantly it was ~6% slower than the GeForce GTX 570 and 22% slower than the GTX 580.
Aliens vs. Predator
We used the highly demanding DX11 benchmark from Alien vs. Predator playing through a test scene in the same sequence every time for accurate results. The maximum possible visuals were enabled along with 4xAA/16xAF.
The Radeon HD 6970 bounced back in a big way when testing with Aliens vs. Predator as it averaged 48fps at 1920x1200 making it 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 570. Moreover it was 8% slower than the GeForce GTX 580 and 14% slower than the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970.