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Lowering the settings to the High preset disables depth of field and blur. The good news is that we saw a considerable increase in frame rate across the board. The Radeon HD 6970 is now able to average 82fps at 1680x1050 and the HD 6950 jumped to 74fps. Even the older Radeon HD 5870 does well with 71fps, while mid-range AMD graphics cards such as the HD 6870 averaged 58fps.

The GeForce GTX 580 managed 67fps with the latest drivers, which is a large improvement from the 56fps it scored before the fix. Dragon Age II fans will be happy to know that the game can be played using relatively low-end hardware with the high quality settings as the Radeon HD 5770 averaged 41fps.

Increasing the resolution reduced performance as to be expected, though not by a great deal. Most graphics cards were still able to provide playable performance. Only the Radeon HD 5750 struggled to provide playable performance.

Now at 2560x1600 the Radeon HD 6970 was able to provide 53fps, while the HD 6950 averaged 45fps and the older HD 5870 an impressive 44fps. The GeForce GTX 580 followed behind with 38fps putting it closer to the Radeon HD 5850 when running Dragon Age II with these settings.