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Hardware Test Setup And Benchmarks

ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB: The World's Fastest Graphics Card
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Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme (Bloomfield) 3.33 GHz, 6.4 GT/s, 8 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings disabled
Overclocked to 4 GHz (25 * 160 MHz)
Motherboard
Asus Rampage II Extreme (LGA 1366) X58/ICH10, BIOS 1504
Memory
Corsair Dominator 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 @ 1,600 MHz
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2MH160G2C1 160 GB SATA 3 Gb/s
Networking
Realtek RTC8111C, 1 Gbps
Graphics CardsATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB

ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB

ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB

ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB

ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1.8GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP 1100 W
CPU Cooler
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Platform Driver
Intel INF Chipset Update Utility 9.1.1.1019
Graphics Driver
AMD Catalyst 8.663.1

AMD Catalyst 9.9

Nvidia GeForce 190.62

BenchmarkConfiguration
World in Conflict Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Patch 1009, DirectX 10

Very High Quality Settings, 4x AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Patch 1009, DirectX 10
Far Cry 2 Ultra High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Steam Version

Ultra High Quality Settings, 8x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Steam Version
CrysisVery High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1900x1200, 2560x1600, Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit Executable

Very High Quality Settings, 8x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1900x1200, 2560x1600 Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit Executable
Left 4 Dead
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Steam Version

Highest Quality Settings, 8x AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Steam Version
Grand Theft Auto IV
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / "High" AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Patch #3
Stalker: Clear Sky
Extreme Quality Setting, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, DirectX 10 lighting

Extreme Quality Setting, 4x MSAA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, DirectX 10 lighting
H.A.W.X.
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, AO enabled, DirectX 10/10.1

Highest Quality Settings, 8x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, AO enabled, DirectX 10/10.1
Resident Evil 5
High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, DirectX 10, Fixed Benchmark

High Quality Settings, 8x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, DirectX 10, Fixed Benchmark
3DMark Vantage Performance Default, High Quality, Extreme Quality


Drivers For Days

During the course of the past two months, I’ve literally tested thousands of combinations of platforms, graphics cards, games, and resolutions. Along the way, ATI and Nvidia have revised their supporting software, fine-tuning for bugs, enhancing performance, and adding functionality (like support for Drag and Drop transcoding in Windows 7).

In order to get this story finished in time for ATI’s launch, we’re using the results from our Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 launches for comparison. But before we “went there,” we wanted to test cards from both vendors to demonstrate comparability. On the ATI side, it’s beta 8.66 R6 driver versus 8.663.1 (the Hemlock-supplied driver). On the Nvidia side, it’s GeForce 190.62 versus GeForce 191.07.

The only title that demonstrates any notable difference in either one of our comparisons is H.A.W.X. on the ATI cards. Everything else looks to be very comparable, making our typically-uncommon benchmark recycling a sound exercise.

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    cyberkuberiah , November 18, 2009 3:10 AM
    today's a great day for graphics , as the bar's been raised again !
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    commodore64 , November 18, 2009 3:40 AM
    Wooww...4.3 billion transistors, low idle power, it's pricey but this baby has lots of potential :) 

    I think ATI driven NVIDIA into a corner this time, i love the competition :) 
  • 30 Hide
    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 3:22 AM
    In your face Gt240 =P
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  • 37 Hide
    cyberkuberiah , November 18, 2009 3:10 AM
    today's a great day for graphics , as the bar's been raised again !
  • 24 Hide
    IzzyCraft , November 18, 2009 3:18 AM
    bawhaha i was waiting for this
    5970 picture of it in size comparison is priceless to me it's freaking huge card.

    But really how are they going to get 2 chips for 5970 when they can't even get 1 for 5870 :) 
  • 16 Hide
    notty22 , November 18, 2009 3:21 AM
    Wonder if this would get the same framerates as a 5870 in a AMD 965 system ?
  • 30 Hide
    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 3:22 AM
    In your face Gt240 =P
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 3:24 AM
    I'm getting more concerned with Nvidia these days. They keep playing with these low-end cards and haven't made anything all that great in almost a year. Hopefully Fermi doesn't turn into Itanic II.
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    amdgamer666 , November 18, 2009 3:29 AM
    Sweet, another amazing card to drool at, too bad I can't afford it. Thanks for including CF'ed 5870's, that's what I wanted to compare it to the most. The release seems to coincide with the driver update. Everybody make sure to update your drivers to 9.11 :) 
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
    Also, because 9.11 is out, you can also try out Adobe's Flash 10.1 prelease to try out GPU-accelerated flash
    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/
    Exciting times
  • 34 Hide
    commodore64 , November 18, 2009 3:40 AM
    Wooww...4.3 billion transistors, low idle power, it's pricey but this baby has lots of potential :) 

    I think ATI driven NVIDIA into a corner this time, i love the competition :) 
  • 23 Hide
    christop , November 18, 2009 3:46 AM
    Sweet but can't see spending 600 on a card...
  • 21 Hide
    7amood , November 18, 2009 3:57 AM
    commodore64i love the competition

    There is no competition yet >_< prices are way up there!!!
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    keefasuz , November 18, 2009 4:09 AM
    1,600-shader Cypress found in its Radeon HD 5870.
    2) Drop clock rates a bit in order to keep power and thermals under control.
    3) ???
    4) Profit


    Oh my goodness, Chris, you apparently saw the Southpark episode with the underpants gnomes! Very funny for those of us who got the joke.
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    liquidsnake718 , November 18, 2009 4:10 AM
    Thus.... the shattered dreams of Nvidia and its GT210, 220, 240... haha.
    What a time to release such low end dead end variants... the last life of the 200series chips can now be engulfed by the HD5970... THis card looks like it would smash through the GTX295 easily and is DX11 plus plus blah blah Nvidia is sweating it out as they have lost a lump of market share as they did not ride the Christmas wave... Ive said it again and again don't you guys think Nvidia should discount their cards heavily already?!?

    I hope fermi can even compare to this dual gpu... Deep down I now doubt Nvidias GTX380 or whatever can even compare to this dual GPU, they would have to compare it now with a dual GTX300 series in my opinion at the rate that ATi has vastly improved from their previous 4850-90s, to the x2's...
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    duckmanx88 , November 18, 2009 4:13 AM
    wow look at the difference in crysis and far cry 2. the 5890 just bitch slapped the gtx 295.
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    FoShizzleDizzle , November 18, 2009 4:15 AM
    I'm sort of at a loss for words so I will pull on a quote from The Cable Guy: this would make George Lucas cream in his pants.
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    skora , November 18, 2009 4:17 AM
    Oh no, now I have PCB envy :( 
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    megamanx00 , November 18, 2009 4:30 AM
    OMFG!! It's so F**ING HUGE!!

    I think I would want one, if I could afford a new PSU and huge case to go with it :D .
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    jj463rd , November 18, 2009 4:30 AM
    I just completed a new build however I was short funds and had to get a $50 graphics card just to see it work.I'm glad though that I selected a 850 watt power supply.
    The Radeon 5970 sounds like the perfect card for me in January 2010.I'm getting it.
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    WINTERLORD , November 18, 2009 4:49 AM
    alswome card but pricey but i guess the specs make up for it. id go for the 5850 myself if i could. maybe they'll have a giveaway for this bad boy
  • 17 Hide
    javidchaos , November 18, 2009 4:58 AM
    I think i gotta sell my kidney and liver for one of these !!!
    ;) 
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