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Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2

PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 LCS: The GHz Limit, Broken

Far Cry 2 really shows a notable advantage to the pair of Radeon HD 4890s in CrossFire. The Radeon 5870 overclock isn’t accomplishing all that much over the stock speeds here either, and it certainly does not affect playability. But at these smooth frame rates, we still don't have room to complain.

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    tacoslave , December 9, 2009 5:11 AM

    oh and you too powercolor. mmmmmmmmm waterblock...
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    CoryInJapan , December 9, 2009 5:18 AM ATI leading again...O wait they are.
    Nice to see ATI back on top. Would be nice to have that card.
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    anamaniac , December 9, 2009 5:42 AM
    It's dissapointing to hear the memory had to be put so low...
    Though I'd love to liquid cool my i7, then add a 5870 and liquid cool that also. I got a radiator at work that can likely handle a 10 kilowatt system, add to that it's constantly cooled by sub zero temperatures (during winter atleast), with a 5 barrel resevoir, and dual 24" fans (used to cool 3000psi hydraulics).

    Even more dissapointing to see it can't keep up with it's dual 4xxx series cousin.
    Also, GPU waterblocks just look so inneficient...
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    7amood , December 9, 2009 6:49 AM
    WOOOOOOOW extremely low temperatures... but not worth the 500W draw.
    I think now am interested in water cooled video cards.

    but honestly, i thought the gain will be 20% at least... disappointing.
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    liquidsnake718 , December 9, 2009 7:12 AM
    You made a mistake on the test and benchmark page on the Crysis Bench config. It states you tested it at low quality. This would mean at least 100-150FPS....

    Nice work but I also wish you guys tested Crysis at Very High settings.... its always great to see Crysis tested at its maximum threshhold.
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    shubham1401 , December 9, 2009 7:33 AM
    Being a single card 5870 performs very impressively...
    And the power usage is impressive too(Only on stock).

    This is the best card for now and with a lil price dip it'll be fav. of all high end gamers.
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    IzzyCraft , December 9, 2009 7:45 AM
    I love the draw on their oc 1 gpu is greater then 2 older gen gpus draw that's just hilariously bad results. Still with the waterblock set up maybe you can afford the 1000 dollar electric bill with you're fastest possible machine. Sorry but as far as ATI venders powercolor is low on the list of ones i trust. Poor 5870 gpu wasted on excess and ya can't waste those things, hard to come by with tsmc doing jack in the yields department.
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    Netherwind , December 9, 2009 7:56 AM
    Great article, but I'm still debating between a second 4890 and selling my 4890 for a 5850/70.
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    shubham1401 , December 9, 2009 8:38 AM
    ^See the power consumption for 2 4890's. Adding second one may not be a good option.
    For now single 4890 is plenty for most of us.Buy when prices fall.
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    annihilator-x- , December 9, 2009 8:45 AM
    I have convinced myself watercooling is a must for GPUs.

    I am running a watercooling setup on my CPU alone at the moment. Despite majority of heat gone from internal case, my HD4850 card would barely escape overheat in room temperature of 23deg C in UK winter. I once tried moving my soundcard closer leaving 2 inch clearance from HD4850 and it crashes every single time when I run Mass Effect. Now it crashes once in a while and I am 100% sure it's due to overheating of the GPU. Load temperature reaches 106 deg C. The card crashes at 110 deg C.
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    idoln95 , December 9, 2009 8:52 AM
    If there is a limit how did they manage to hit a 1380MHZ here:

    That deanzo guy is crazy....

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    uh_no , December 9, 2009 8:53 AM

    but can it run pacman?
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    BartG , December 9, 2009 9:23 AM
    so i`m 1 of the few people who was not surprised by the outcome!? 2 4890`s packs a decent punch, the fact 1 5780 can keep up with that is not bad, I did not expect anything different...

    Keen to find out if DX 11 will make a difference once its mature...
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    abhilash , December 9, 2009 9:48 AM
    The Radeon HD 5870 also sports a memory bandwidth advantage

    what rubbish?
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    JohnnyLucky , December 9, 2009 9:59 AM
    Interesting article with some surprising results and conclusions.
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    hmolleta , December 9, 2009 10:32 AM
    Remove the WC from this PowerColor and put it on a Asus 5870 and overclock it until it burn!!!!!!!!!!
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    idisarmu , December 9, 2009 10:43 AM
    I don't understand how the 5870 can be slower than a 4870x2/2x4890. Aren't the specs EXACTLY the same, except for the 5870's HIGHER clocks and that the 5870 has all those specs in ONE gpu die rather than two?
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