One of the top features offered here at Tom's Hardware has historically been our Charts section, where we take the mass of hardware in our labs and benchmark it to help you evaluate the components for your next system.
In the past, we've updated the charts in big batches a few times a year. That's changing a bit now, though, as each month we'll make it a point to add the latest components to our CPU, graphics card, and storage charts. Every time those results go live, we'll post a notification so you can see if the card, chip, or drive you're interested in buying performs as well as you were expecting.
Today's update includes a number of new cards, and a handful of older technology as well, which should put the current graphics landscape into perspective for those who own older GPUs, but haven't had the chance to compare them to the latest technology.
Included in this update are the following:
- HIS H597F2GDG (Radeon HD 5970 2 x 1024MB)
- Sapphire HD5870 1G GDDR5 (Radeon HD 5870 1024MB)
- Radeon HD 5870 (1024MB)
- Sapphire HD5850 1G GDDR5 (Radeon HD 5850 1024MB)
- Radeon HD 5850 (1024MB)
- GeForce GT 220 (1024MB)
- GeForce 7950 GX2 (2 x 512MB)
- GeForce 6800 Ultra (256MB)
- Radeon X1650 Pro (256MB)
- Radeon X1600 XT (256MB)
- Radeon X1600 Pro (256MB DDR2)
- Radeon X1300 XT (256MB)
- Radeon X1300 Pro (128MB)
- Radeon X1300 (256MB DDR2)
- Radeon X800 XT (256MB)
Leading the charts this time around is HIS' Radeon HD 5970, which is able to outperform the heavily-overclocked GeForce GTX 295 from EVGA. It beats the reference GeForce GTX 295 by as much as 17 percent. We also have reference Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 boards, which can be compared to retail models from Sapphire.
This will probably be the last update we see to the current links of high-performance and mainstream cards, as we've been working on a new suite for 2010 with more popular games based on the feedback you've provided over the past year.
You can check out our High-Performance Graphics Charts here.
For other charts, including CPU, memory, and storage, check out the main Charts sections.