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Mainstream Attack - The ATI Radeon HD 5770

Mainstream Attack - The ATI Radeon HD 5770



Test Setup

Test Setup

The two cards will be put through its paces using our trusty Windows Vista, Intel X38 based system:

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

Judging from the paper specifications of the new Radeon HD 5770, we suspect its performance will be comparable to that of the Radeon HD 4870, so we'll be looking at these cards closely. On top of that, we have also added ATI's previous most powerful card, the HD 4890 to see if the HD 5770 could possibly surpass it. And from the green camp, we have the GeForce GTX 275 and GTX 260+.

Here's the complete list of cards tested and the driver versions used:

  • HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 (Beta 8.66 RC9)
  • PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 (Beta 8.66 RC9)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 9.8)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 9.8)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 (Catalyst 9.8)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 190.62)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260+ 896MB GDDr3 (ForceWare 190.62)

The cards were tested using the following benchmarks:

  • Futuremark 3DMark06
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Dawn of War 2