As we start looking at the real-world tests, it’s immediately apparent that two Radeon HD 5870s at $800 offer more performance than one Radeon HD 5970 at $600. In turn, that Radeon HD 5970 at $600 keeps its nose in front of two Radeon HD 5850s at $600.
The Radeon HD 5970 maintains a minor lead over two Radeon HD 5850s in CrossFire once anti-aliasing is applied.
Suddenly, the recent price increase on 5850 cards makes a lot more sense. At $249, a pair of Radeon HD 5850s would offer compellingly-close performance for $100 less than a Radeon HD 5970. At $300 a pop, however, it makes a lot more sense to spend $600 on a Radeon HD 5970.
Once again, the 5970 puts a significant gap between itself and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295. It’s even able to smoke a pair of GeForce GTX 285s, which run about $370 a piece ($740 in SLI).
- The Making Of A Radeon HD 5970
- Overclocking ATI’s Radeon HD 5970
- 5900-Series: Eyefinity/CrossFire Tech Preview
- Hardware Test Setup And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead
- Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: H.A.W.X.
- Benchmark Results: Resident Evil 5
- Benchmark Results: Grand Theft Auto IV
- Power, Noise, And Heat