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ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB: The World's Fastest Graphics Card

Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage

Right away we see that the Radeon HD 5970 isn’t going to be as fast as a pair of 5870s in CrossFire. The performance at 3DMark Vantage’s Extreme preset is actually closer to a couple of Radeon HD 5850s, though the 5970 maintains its edge thanks to its 1,600-shader GPUs.

What cannot be denied, though, is that the Radeon HD 5970 strips Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295 of its “fastest discrete card” title, at least in this synthetic metric. And while a pair of GeForce GTX 285s in SLI breeze past the 5970 at the test’s Performance and High presets, ATI’s solution slips into the lead under Extreme settings.

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.