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Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky

ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB: The World's Fastest Graphics Card
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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).  

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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!!!
  • 21 Hide
    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.
  • 7 Hide
    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.
  • 5 Hide
    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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