Our charts list the graphics cards based on their retail prices, from the most expensive configuration on the top to the cheapest on the bottom. Our testing involves a number of graphics cards from many manufacturers, so we are setting all of the clock speeds to reference levels to keep things on an even playing field.
There is one testing configuration that we have to simulate: two Radeon HD 5850 cards in CrossFire. We only received a single Radeon HD 5850 in time for testing, so we’re pairing the card with a Radeon HD 5870. AMD has confirmed that the superior card will be crippled when these models are paired in CrossFire, resulting in Radeon HD 5850-class specifications, using 1440 of its 1600 stream processors and 72 of its 80 texture units.
We've set the clocks of both cards to Radeon HD 5850 reference speeds; the resulting performance should be exactly the same as two of these cards in CrossFire. The results show the performance exactly where we would expect a Radeon HD 5850 CrossFire configuration to be relative to the Radeon HD 5830 and Radeon HD 5870.
Intel Core i7-920 (Nehalem), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8 MB Cache
|Networking||Onboard Gigabit LAN controller|
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 Reference
(all clock rates have been set to reference specifications for the purpose of benchmarking)
Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 W
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit |
|DirectX version||DirectX 11|
AMD Catalyst 10.7 Beta, Nvidia GeForce Driver 258.96 WHQL