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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).

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.