AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition & HD 7850 Review - H.A.W.X. 2

Submitted by skipclarke on 7 March, 2012 - 01:22

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Sequel to the original HAWX title. This title updates the original by moving from DX10 to DX11, and utilizing tessellation on the mountainous landscape. The original HAWX demo provided a simple camera fly-through of an area populated by detailed cities and waterways. The "action" consisted mostly of ground explosions and some aircraft engagement.

The HAWX 2 demo removes the cities and water, and focuses on very detailed snow-covered mountain range with a large fleet of aircraft firing missiles. The viewpoint of the camera alternates between a third-person view over the top of a jet, as well as a first-person view inside the same craft.

We do see sizable wins by the Radeon HD 7800 family in HAWX 2, over the Radeon HD 6800. In widescreen the new cards best the previous models by almost 30%, and in Eyefinity we see improvements of almost 40%.