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|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||AMD Athlon II X2 250 (3 GHz, 2 MB cache)AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (3.2 GHz, 8 MB Total Cache)|
|Motherboard||AMD 790GX: Biostar TA790GX A3+|
|RAM||Team Elite TED32048333HC9D (8 GB) at DDR3-1066 CAS 9-9-9-24|
|Graphics Card||ATI Radeon HD 3300 (AMD 790GX), 500 MHz GPUATI Radeon 2900 XT (AMD R600), 742 MHz GPU, 825 MHz MemoryGigabyte Radeon HD 5670 1 GB – GV-R567OC-1G (Redwood), 785 MHz GPU, 1000 MHz MemoryGigabyte Radeon HD 5770 1 GB – GV-R577UD-1GD (Juniper), 850 MHz GPU, 1200 MHz MemorySapphire Radeon HD 5870 1 GB – Vapor-X HD5870 1G OC Version (Cypress), 875 MHz GPU, 1250 MHz MemorySapphire Radeon HD 5870 2 GB – Toxic-HD5870 2G (Cypress), 925 MHz GPU, 1225 MHz Memory|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Green Power 1 TB WD10EACS, 16 MB cache, SATA 3.0Gb/s|
|Sound||Onboard Sound, Realtek ALC880|
|Networking||Onboard Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek RTC8111C, 1 Gb/s|
|Power Supply||PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 watt ATX12v v.2.2, EPS 12V CrossFire Edition|
|CPU Cooler||Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120, Noctua NF-P12 120 mm fan|
|Fans||2 x Noctua NF-P12 120 mm fan (not including CPU fan)|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Home Edition 32 bit SP1|
|Graphics||AMD Catalyst 10.6|
|Gaming||Crysis: Version 1.2.1, Demo: CPU Benchmark – Island, DirectX9, Quality Preset: High|
|Video Encoding||Cyberlink PowerDirector 8: Version 8.00.3022, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Profile: AVCHD 1920x1080. Video Bitrate: 15.5 Mbps.|
|Video Playback||Cyberlink PowerDVD 9: Version 9.0.1530.0, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Hardware Acceleration: Enabled.|
|Productivity||Adobe Photoshop CS4: Version 11.0, GPU Acceleration: Enabled|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|Cinebench R11||Version 11, OpenGL Test.|
Oh, wait, this just in:
My next PC will be used mostly for movie DVDs and Diablo 3. Apparently if I get a 5870 1GB I get the best of both worlds - speed in Diablo and low power consumption when playing movies.
How about nVidia cards, would I get the same behavior with a GTX 480 for example?
Next questions: First, where does the HD5750 fall in this? Second, if you do the same kinds of manual tweaking for power saving that you did in your Cool-n-Quiet analysis, how will that change the results? And finally, if you run a F@H client, what does that do to "idle" scores, when the GPU is actually quite busy processing a work unit?
I'd love to see nvidia cards and beefier CPUs used as well. Normal non green hdds too. Just how big of a difference in speed/power do they make?
Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for reading the article.
Have no 5750 sample yet, but they should relatively be close to 5770. For this article, we simply chose the best bin for each series (Redwood, Juniper and Cypress).
The second question, what will happen when you tweak the chip? Glad you ask!! I can't say much yet, but you'll be surprised what the 5870 1 GB can do.
As for NVIDIA cards, I'm hoping to have the chance to test GF100 and derivatives very soon.