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

Benchmark Results: Crysis

Venerable Crysis—the game we suspect nobody really plays any more, yet everyone looks to for performance evaluation, even today. A single Radeon HD 5870 easily bests Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 285 here, and again in a CrossFire configuration versus two GTX 285s. However, SLI scales better than CrossFire, and two GTX 285s quite nearly catch the pair of Radeon HD 5870s.

Perhaps more interesting is the comparison within ATI’s own product stack. The Radeon HD 5870 beats the Radeon HD 4870 X2 in all three resolutions—suggesting to us that the anti-aliased results are going to be even more dramatic.

If you were a user of ATI’s fastest single-GPU card, the Radeon HD 4890, a single 5870 will give you a substantial performance boost. However, it’s not quite sufficient enough to make Very High detail settings perfectly smooth, even at 1680x1050. For that, you’d certainly need to go CrossFire.

Although S.T.A.L.K.E.R. only supports up to 4x anti-aliasing, we took the opportunity to push our other benchmarks a little harder. Thus, Crysis is now being tested with 8x MSAA.

We were actually hoping for a bigger gain going from 4870 X2 to 5870. But the newest card remains fastest, overall, so it’s all good for ATI here. Again, we see a nice boost from single-GPU 4890 to single-GPU 5870, but the gain isn’t large enough to make 1680x1050 any more fluid than it was without AA. For that, you’ll still want to look to CrossFire, where a pair of 5870s is able to average more than 50 frames per second.

A single GeForce GTX 285 is bested by ATI’s Radeon HD 4890, so it’s hardly a surprise that the 5870 easily takes Nvidia’s fastest single-GPU graphics card. You’re even looking at decent performance at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 with two 5870s in CrossFire.

Notice the missing result for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295 at 2560x1600 with 8xAA? That’s due to the card not having ample on-board memory to run that configuration (and the game not knowing any better than to keep it from trying). Grand Theft Auto gets around this by simply making resolutions unavailable if a graphics card doesn’t have a large enough frame buffer. Crysis crashes instead.

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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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