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ATI Radeon HD 5770 Duel - MSI vs. PowerColor

ATI Radeon HD 5770 Duel - MSI vs. PowerColor



Test Setup

Test Setup

The cards will be put through our usual round of tests 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
  •  x 1GB DDR3-1333 Aeneon memory in dual channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1

With the two cards boasting nearly identical clock speeds, we are expecting them to perform similarly. Therefore, the battle will be won or lost when it comes to operating temperatures and ability to overclock. We've have also added the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260+ for comparison's sake. For those who need a refresher on where exactly the Radeon HD 5770 SKU stands amongst the sea of cards, do check out our original assessment of this series.

Here is the complete list of cards tested and their driver versions:

  • MSI R5770 Hawk 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.1)
  • PowerColor HD 5770 PCS+ 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.1)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.1)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260+ 896MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 196.21)

The following benchmarks were used to evaluate the cards' performance:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Dawn of War 2