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

Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2

We were a bit surprised when Far Cry 2 favored the Radeon HD 4870 X2 over ATI’s Radeon HD 5870. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295 usurps the new single-GPU card, too. But the GeForce GTX 285 cannot keep up (not that it’s a huge problem yet, as the GTX 285 manages more than 50 frames per second even at 2560x1600).

Unlike Crysis, where ATI didn’t scale very well moving from one to two Radeon HD 5870s, the technology demonstrates much better results here, quite nearly doubling performance. Nvidia also sees good SLI scaling going from one GeForce GTX 285 to two, but by the time you’re running at 2560x1600, there’s a nearly 40 frame difference between the competitors.

As you can see, we’ve stepped our Far Cry 2 testing up to Ultra Quality settings. But even then, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB delivers fairly smooth performance all the way up to 1920x1200. Turning on anti-aliasing should have a bigger impact on graphics performance, though.

Indeed, demanding 8xAA from these cards has a much more profound impact on performance. The single-GPU Radeon HD 4800-series cards are no longer considered fluid at any resolution, and even the 4870 X2 chokes up at 2560x1600. Nvidia’s cards fare much better, and the GeForce GTX 285 is the only board to choke up a bit at 2560x1600.

Yet again, ATI’s anti-aliasing enhancements shine through. In the previous chart, the Radeon HD 5870 was getting its backside handed to it by the 4870 X2. Now it’s the 5870 on top though, and a pair of the cards kicks things into high gear with playable performance all the way up to 2560x1600. The two GTX 285s can’t quite catch ATI’s latest, though it’s worth noting that you can still get playable performance at 2560x1600 using a duo of Nvidia’s quickest single-GPU boards. Nevertheless, it’s an impressive showing from ATI, improving the way its own hardware behaves at high resolutions and with intense detail settings enabled.

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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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