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PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 Review

Date: 2009-9-24

   The Road to EvergreenThe ATI Radeon HD 4000 series made its debut with the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850 in June last year. Little did we know that these were the cards that heralded the comeback ...

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Test Setup

The graphics cards were tested using our Vista system which has the following specifications:

Windows Vista SP1 Test System:
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (3.00GHz)
  • Gigabyte X38T-DQ6 motherboard
  • 2 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Aeneon memory in dual channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1

The Radeon HD 5870 will be compared against the Radeon HD 4890 and HD 4850 from ATI. The two cards were chosen because the Radeon HD 4890 is presently ATI's most powerful single GPU, while the HD 4850 was first launched alongside the Radeon HD 4870 when the HD 4000 series made its debut last year. From the green camp, the top three GPUs were selected to do battle. Will the Radeon HD 5870 outperform the GeForce GTX 285 to take the title of fastest single GPU in the world? Can it stand up to the might of the monstrous GeForce GTX 295? To find out, do read on.

The full list of cards and driver versions used:
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 (ATI Driver 8.66 Beta)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 9.8)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 (Catalyst 9.8)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 190.62)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB GDDR3 (ForceWare 190.62)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 190.62)

The cards were tested using the following benchmarks:
  • Futuremark 3DMark06
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War 2

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