3D Blu-Ray playback is a relatively simple affair on AMD/NVIDIA hardware, just install the latest drivers then tweak the display settings to the preferred level and then run PowerDVD 10 which features support for Blu-Ray 3D and GPU acceleration for lower CPU usage.
With the GPU acceleration in place the CPU usage statistic is on average less than 1% for Blu-Ray 3D hitting a maximum of 1.8% which leaves plenty of resource free for tasks to be run in the background when using AMD hardware.
For further information on Blu-Ray 3D playback see our launch article here.
In our second playback test we look at 1080p video on YouTube using Google Chrome and the latest Flash Player.
HTML 5 Web Performance
On our last performance test for this review we have taken a look at HTML5 performance using Google Chrome and the Wilderness Downtown project page. This ultra-demanding video page is a stern test for any processor/GPU and is an interesting indication of future performance in web content.
For our web performance tests the HIS 6970 Turbo compares well with the GTX 570, exceeding it at YouTube HD playback and performing at a near identical level in demanding HTML 5 tasks. Essentially this card allows us to multitask better by freeing up CPU resource on the above tasks.