As we add more and more comparison numbers, it gets difficult to interpret the charts at a quick glance. We’re working on a way to make this easier (splitting each resolution off into a separate chart, tripling the number of charts, isn’t really the answer). In the meantime, though, I’ve tried to re-order the way cards appear this time around. The three new configurations are up top: Radeon HD 5770 in CrossFire, Radeon HD 5770, and Radeon HD 5750. Then you’ll find the products in ATI’s own stack, in order of performance. Finally, we have two cards from Nvidia: the GeForce GTS 250 (priced to compete with ATI’s Radeon HD 5750) and the GeForce GTX 260 (a Radeon HD 4870 competitor priced more aggressively than the Radeon HD 5770).
|Processor||Intel Core i5-750 (Lynnfield) 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabledOverclocked to 3.8 GHz (20 * 190 MHz) for scaling tests|
|Motherboard||Asus P7P55D Premium (LGA 1156) P55 Express chipset|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator 4GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 7-7-7-20 @ 1,600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||Intel SSDSA2MH160G2C1 160 GB SATA 3 Gb/s|
|Networking||Realtek RTC8111C, 1 Gbps|
|Graphics Cards||ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB|
|Row 6 - Cell 0||ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB|
|Row 7 - Cell 0||ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB|
|Row 8 - Cell 0||ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB|
|Row 9 - Cell 0||ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB|
|Row 10 - Cell 0||ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB|
|Row 11 - Cell 0||Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 896MB|
|Row 12 - Cell 0||Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 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|
|Platform Driver||Intel INF Chipset Update Utility 184.108.40.2069|
|Graphics Driver||AMD Catalyst 8.66 RC6|
|Row 20 - Cell 0||AMD Catalyst 9.9|
|Row 21 - Cell 0||Nvidia GeForce 191.07|
|World in Conflict||Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Patch 1009, DirectX 10|
|Row 1 - Cell 0||Very High Quality Settings, 4x AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Patch 1009, DirectX 10|
|Far Cry 2||Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Steam Version|
|Row 3 - Cell 0||Very High Quality Settings, 4x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200, 2560x1600, Steam Version|
|Crysis||High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1900x1200, 2560x1600, Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit Executable|
|Row 5 - Cell 0||High Quality Settings, 4x 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|
|Row 7 - Cell 0||Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x 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 #4|
|Stalker: Clear Sky||High Quality Setting, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, DirectX 10 lighting|
|Row 10 - Cell 0||High 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|
|Row 12 - Cell 0||Highest Quality Settings, 4x 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|
|Row 14 - Cell 0||High Quality Settings, 4x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, DirectX 10, Fixed Benchmark|
|3DMark Vantage||Performance Default, High Quality, Extreme Quality|
|Batman: Arkham Asylum||High Details, No AA / Max AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Patch 1.1, In-game benchmark, w/ and w/o PhysX|
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Can we BOLD or change the color of the card that's being reviewed?Reply
Nice one, but the charts are a bit cluttered without giving emphasis on the featured cards (bold fonts, etc). A media card that could do games pretty good.Reply
I'm quite agree with the nvidia's G92 still hanging around but looking at their newly released cards (gt220, 210), I don't know what to say anymore. Hopefully, they're making the right choices at the right time.
Looks to me like the 5770 really needs faster memory speeds, though that would defeat trying to make it cheaper, and perhaps a higher core clock. Perhaps we'll see some factory overclocked cards with memory that can reach a significantly higher speed.Reply
Power consumption, temperature, and noise levels are very encouraging. I just finished reading other reviews where the 5700 cards are described as mid-level and mainstream cards.Reply
If I was building today (htpc), I would still go with a HD4670. Who knows six months from now...Reply
Those other features are compelling. If I could afford 2 more monitors that is.
Summer Leigh CastleCan we BOLD or change the color of the card that's being reviewed?Reply
For sure--I've looked into this and would be happy to implement, but haven't had much luck. Any Excel gurus able to get only certain axis labels bolded without changing the entire series?
and bitstreaming HD audio in an HTPC (a reason to buy a second card for the living room).
Personally I use my main computer as my HTPC, after all, I can't play games and watch movies from 2 different rooms at the same time, and all it takes is the HDMI cable (at least until they make it wireless.)
That works as well. But for someone with a triple-head setup *and* an HTPC, I can justify both usage models.Reply
I'm looking to upgrade from my dated 3850 and was thinking that these would really impress me for the price. I'm thinking I'll just spend the bit extra and get the 5850 when the prices come down.Reply
Of course, I wouldn't have been able to make such an informed decision so early if it weren't for TH and columnists such as yourself.
Thanks for another great article Chris.
What's the benefit of DirectX 11 capabilities if the cards are worse performing than last gen cards in DX9/10 games? I'd rather get a 4800 series card, being a gamer myself, for slightly better framerates.Reply
I can see the other benefits for the hardcore HTPC crowd though.