AMD Radeon HD 7850 & HD 7870 Launch Review

Product: AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
Company: AMD
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: March 4th, 2012

Image Quality, AA/AF/Tessellation

Anti-Aliasing Filtering

To test Anti-aliasing performance hit, we used DiRT 3 and various AA modes to see the impact on performance. Tests were performed at 1920x1080 with ultra preset, benchmark using Finland race. Results are below.

Anisotropic Filtering

To test Anisotropic filtering performance hit, we used Aliens Vs. Predator benchmark and varied AF with all other settings on highest, no SSAo, no advanced shadows, no FSAA. Results are below.


To test tessellation performance, we used Crysis 2 and the Adrenaline benchmark tool Times Square level. With Performance setting and no AA/no Edge AA, we varied AMD Tessellation cap level to see if it affected performance, using application controlled tessellation as the baseline. Results below: