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ATI Radeon HD 5970 (Reference Card) review

ATI Radeon HD 5970 - The King Returns

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Test Setup

Test Setup

To tap onto the full potential of the powerful Radeon HD 5970, we'll be using an Intel X58 and Core i7 setup with the following specifications:

Intel X58 Test System:

  • Intel Core i7 975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1

Unless something goes horribly wrong, the Radeon HD 5970 will, in all certainty, reclaim the title of the world's fastest single graphics card. Therefore, the question here is how much faster it is than the current crop of fast single graphics card. To answer that, we have the Radeon 5870 and 5850, as well as the duo of GeForce GTX 295 and GTX 285 from NVIDIA. We've also plugged in results from dual Radeon HD 5870 cards in CrossFireX configuration for comparison.

Here is the full list of cards and driver versions used:

  • HIS Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 (Beta 8.66 RC4)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 9.10)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 in CrossFireX (Catalyst 9.10)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 9.10)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 191.07)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB GDDR3 (ForceWare 191.07)

The cards were tested using the following benchmarks:

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