ATI Radeon HD 5870: DirectX 11, Eyefinity, And Serious Speed

Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Right off the bat, it’s clear that the Radeon HD 5870 is a fast card. It hangs close to the Radeon HD 4870 X2. However, a GeForce GTX 295 killer it is not—at least not in this first measure of real-world performance. Bear in mind, though, that this is a single GPU going up against ATI’s former dual-processor flagship, along with Nvidia’s dual-GPU champion.

When you shift the comparison to the GeForce GTX 285, ATI stomps the single-GPU board at all three resolutions. With the GeForce GTX 285 currently selling for as little as $340 online, though, ATI does make you pay a premium for the card's additional performance and functionality.

Clearly, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is off-limits at 2560x1600 for most of these single-card configurations (though the two 5870s and GTX 285s handle that setting with Extreme details set). Nevertheless, gamers with 24” monitors should have little trouble cranking up to 1920x1200 with the image quality settings turned all the way up in this demanding title.

The rest of the field sets the stage for the arrival of ATI’s Radeon HD 5850, which wasn’t ready for testing at launch, but should follow shortly. Expected to still out-perform the GTX 285 at an incredible $259 price point, that card might end up defining the performance sweet spot.

When we turn on 4xAA, ATI’s efforts to improve anti-aliased performance shine through. Whereas the Radeon HD 5870 trailed the 4870 X2 previously, it’s now the faster offering (albeit only slightly).

But if you’re talking single-card configurations, none of these boards will really do the trick with such an intense combination of settings. Even at 1680x1050 the Radeon HD 5870 can only muster 36 frames.

Where you will witness utter dominance is with a pair of 5870s, which slingshot past the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and GeForce GTX 295 (as expected, given the price difference), emerging as the only solution capable of these settings at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200. Even the two GeForce GTX 285s in SLI are handily trounced.

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  • Anonymous
    anyone seen these in the uk?
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  • jimishtar
    now this is someting. cant wait to see what nvidia will come up with.
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  • jimishtar
    does this mean that the prices of existing 48xx cards will go down?
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  • siunit
    They are scheduled for release on the 25th in the UK according to major online retailers expected stock date.
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  • cyber_jockey
    My god the 4870x2 finally got a rival
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  • Anonymous
    Smooth gaming again!?!? YAY
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  • plasmastorm
    available for pre order on scan.co.uk now £320
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  • ainarssems
    All those connectors are nice but first thing I thought when I first saw pictures was there is not enough vents on the backto cool that card properly. Hopefully some board partners will come up with versions with full PCI slot cooling. Eyfinity looks better, but all I need is two DVI connectors one for monitor and other for projector.

    Now lets see what Nvidia brings out, lets hope something competitive in performance and price. I hope prices drop by Cristhmas to £200-259 for 5870
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  • ainarssems
    At guru3d they overclocked to 925 core/ 5400 memory could not go further because of temp problems. I wonder what would they do with better cooling. 1GHZ/6GHz?...Now that would be sweet.Link: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5870-review-test/26
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  • atomdrift
    ainarssemsAll those connectors are nice but first thing I thought when I first saw pictures was there is not enough vents on the backto cool that card properly. Hopefully some board partners will come up with versions with full PCI slot cooling.


    Anandtech addressed this concern in their review: "As far as the 5870 is concerned, this is solid proof that the half-slot exhaust vent isn’t going to cause any issues with cooling."
    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643
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  • atomdrift
    Here's the source link to the above quotation.

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643
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  • ainarssems
    I have seen Anandtech's article, however they did hit 100C and started to throtle in /crossfire on Toms review and Guru3d temps limited overclocking so there is room for improvement in cooling.

    Also I wonder if 2GB version would perform better at high resolutions with AA
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  • jcwbnimble
    No Crossfire? Really? What was ATI thinking releasing a top of the line video card that can't support a major feature set? One of the major selling points is that you can run 3 displays off this one card, yet you need to Crossfire two of these to get playable frame rates. Problem, you can't Crossfire these cards (yet?).

    They should have dispensed with the third video connection in favor of extra ventilation, which it sounds like this card needs. If users are so gung ho about running 3 or more dispays, then wait for the Eyefinity card.

    Glad to see ATI releasing a product that puts a boot up Nvidia's arse, but they shouldn't have released it without solving the Crossfire issue.
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  • ainarssems
    Must be mistake. Check benchmarks, they include crossfire results so it is working. They probably had the cards for some while for testing and started writing article and drivers did not support crossfire at the start and does support now. They just forgot to edit part of the article where it says that it does not support crossfire.
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  • shrex
    any word on when the 5670 is gonna come out
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  • deepblue69uk
    Yes, try www.overclockers.co.uk
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  • chockimon
    £320 ouch, what a rip off and no Physx. I think this time round Nvidia's mid range card, the GTX360 will trounce all over this card from a great height.
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  • wikkus
    chockimon£320 ouch, what a rip off and no Physx. I think this time round Nvidia's mid range card, the GTX360 will trounce all over this card from a great height.


    Wow, 8 minutes before the first fanboi commentard...

    As someone who holds allegiance with neither vendor -- both have a place in our house -- this looks great from a stirring-up the market perspective.

    R.
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