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ATI Radeon HD 5870: DirectX 11, Eyefinity, And Serious Speed

Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage

It’s strange to see two GeForce GTX 285s outperforming two Radeon HD 5870s in the default “Performance” run of 3D Mark Vantage. Why is that? Ok, it’s cheating a little bit, but since I already know how all of the other benchmarks turn out, here's the answer—because in no other test do the GTX 285s really challenge ATI’s flagship in a CrossFire setup.

Similarly, the GTX 295 seems to be hanging in pretty close. That’s deceptive, too, as the twin 5870s prove to be even faster throughout testing. Overall, take these 3DMark results with a grain of salt, because as we’re about to see, when it comes to real-world gaming, two Radeon HD 5870s make up the fastest configuration money can buy (short of three or four 5870s).

  • hispeed120
    I'm. So. Excited.
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  • Can't wait
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  • crosko42
    So it looks like 1 is enough for me.. Dont plan on getting a 30 inch monitor any time soon.
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  • jezza333
    Looks like the NDA lifted at 11:00PM, as there's a load of reviews now just out. Once again it shows that AMD can produce a seriously killer card...

    Crysis 2 on an x2 of this is exactly what I'm waiting for.
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  • woostar88
    This is incredible at the price point.
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  • LORD_ORION
    Err... I thought I was going to see more for the price. Regardless, I think ATI missed the mark here. I am interested in playing games on my HDTV since me and my monitor don't care about these higher resolutions. Fail cakes... Nivida is undoubtedly going to rape ATI in performance with the 300 series. This is good news for mainstream prices however.... you can ptobably upgrade to a current DX10 board soon for a very good price, and then buy a 5850 for $100 in a year from now. Result? Don't but a 5000 series card yet until the price comes down? Heh, I bet the cards will be $100 less in December if the 300 series launches.

    This is not to say I am an Nvidia fan, just undoubtedly you would do well for yourself to hold off for a bit if you want to buy a 5000 series... as the price will come down for a good price/performance ratio soon enough.
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  • tipmen
    wait, wait, before I look can it play cry... HOLY SHIT?!
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  • viper666
    why didn't they thest it against a GTX 295 rather than 280??? its far superior...
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  • cangelini
    viper666why didn't they thest it against a GTX 295 rather than 280??? its far superior...
    Ran it against a GTX 295 and a 285 and 285s in SLI :)
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  • Annisman
    I refuse to buy until the 2GB versions come out, not to mention newegg letting you buy more than 1 at a time, paper launch ftl.
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