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Test System And Benchmarks

ATI Radeon HD 5570: Reasonable Gaming Performance For $80?

When choosing cards to test against the Radeon HD 5570, we looked at options in the same price league, from the $70 Radeon HD 4670 to the $95 Radeon HD 5670. We also included the Radeon HD 4650 for reference, as this is the lowest-end graphics card we recommend to gamers in our monthly Best Graphics Cards For The Money column.

Many of our test units are factory-overclocked models. To better represent a level playing field (and to address some of the concerns we've seen in the comments section), we have underclocked all of these cards to reference clock rates. The only exception to this is the Radeon HD 4670, which comes with 800 MHz memory (compared to the reference 1,000 MHz). But this was not modified, as most Radeon HD 4670 models are actually sold with 800 MHz memory.

Graphic Test System

Intel Core i7-920 (Nehalem), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8MB Shared L3 Cache
Overclocked to 3.06 GHz @ 153 MHz BCLK


ASRock X58 SuperComputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

Onboard Realtek gigabit LAN controller

Kingston PC3-10700
3 x 1,024MB, DDR3-1225, CL 9-9-9-22-1T


ATI Radeon HD 5670
725 MHz Core, 1,000 MHz Memory, 512MB GDDR5

Gigabyte GeForce 9600 GT
650 MHz Core, 1,625 MHz Shaders, 900 MHz Memory, 1GB DDR3

Zotac GeForce GT 240 512 MB AMP! Edition
600 MHz Core, 1,460 MHz Shaders, 1,000 MHz Memory, 512MB GDDR5
Underclocked to reference speed: 550 MHz core, 1,360 MHz shaders, 850 MHz memory

Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT (representing GeForce 9800 GT)
700 MHz Core, 1,700 MHz Shaders, 920 MHz Memory, 512MB DDR3
Underclocked to reference speed: 600 MHz core, 1,500 MHz shaders, 900 MHz memory

Diamond Radeon HD 4670
750 MHz Core, 800 MHz Memory, 1GB DDR3

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650
600 MHz Core, 400 MHz Memory, 512MB DDR2

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s


Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W
1,200 W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1
DirectX versionDirectX 10
Graphics Drivers

AMD Catalyst 9.12, Nvidia GeForce 195.62

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games


Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 9, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Low Quality, Medium Textures, Shadows, Physics, Shaders, Water, and Sound, No AA

Far Cry 2

Patch 1.02, in-game benchmark
Medium Quality, No AA

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark
Highest Settings, no AA
DiRT 2
Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark
Run 1: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 9
Run 2: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 11
World In Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 9, timedemo
Medium Details, No AA/No AF

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Patch 1.02, DirectX 10 & 10.1, in-game benchmark
Low Shadows, Sun Shafts
Medium View Distance, Environment, SSAO
High Forest, Textures
HDR, Engine Heat, and DOE On, No AA

Left 4 Dead

Version, Custom THG Benchmark
Run 1: High Settings, no AA, no AF
Run 2: High Settings, Medium Shaders, 4xAA, 8xAF

Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 Benchmark Version
High Shadows and Textures, Medium Overall Detail, Motion Blur On, no AA, no AF

Fallout 3

Patch, Custom THG Benchmark
High Quality, No AA, No AF

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, PhysX Off, 3DMark scores

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