ATI Radeon HD 5670: DX11 For Under $100 - HotHardware

ATI Radeon HD 5670: DX11 For Under $100

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 965 quad-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest hotfixes, along with the necessary drivers and applications.

HotHardware's Test Systems
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Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5
(X58 Express)

Radeon HD 5670
Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 5750
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Catalyst v9.10b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v195.50

Benchmarks Used:

3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
H.A.W.X.
Left 4 Dead*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*

* - Custom benchmark

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which y isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

 



The new Radeon HD 5670 and recently released GeForce GT 240 perform at virtually the same level according to 3DMark Vantage. Only a few points separate the two similarly priced cards in the overall and GPU scores and they trade victories (against each other, not the more expensive cards) in the individual GPU tests.

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I really wonder when they will drop the 5980 and or upgraded 5970 with the smaller nm faster DDR5 and faster than stock 5870 dual GPU's as the top of the line. As for right now a crossfire 5850 setup does better performance although small, than a 5970 so you know they have a surprise in there pocket when Nvidia gets there next big gun out. Although from what I heard in the convention tweeting Nvidias next GPU is going to of course outperform anything ATI has out now. From what I was reading that could be anywhere from nominally outperform to substantial. Either way it outperforms the current top of the market GPU.

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On paper, Nvidia's new card appears to have more than twice the power of the current cards. I'm very curious of how it will perform in the real world.

This new ATI card is priced right in line with the 240 and has pretty much the exact same performance. Good job on ATI, but I think Nvidia is a better known name and will probably get more sales simply because of that.

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I think it's supply and demand. The demand for the 5800 cards is high and there's no reason for ATI to drop the prices quite yet, especially with the Nvidia 300 series far off.

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Pretty nifty for the casual user who wants a cheap (yet state-of-the-art) rig! I'm happy with my 5850, but it's nice to see a company publishing a roadmap for releases and sticking to it.

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Had this card been available back in November when I built my last rig I would have jumped all over it. Its isn't much slower than a 5750 [which is what I'm rocking] and has no external power requirements. Plus it should run Witcher EE, Torchlight, NWN2, L4D, TQIT and any other game I would throw at it well enough @ 1440x900 maybe 1680x1050 [hopes].

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Torchlight, NWN2 have pretty low requirements. How do you think it'll fare with Assassin's Creed 2?

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gibbersome:

Torchlight, NWN2 have pretty low requirements. How do you think it'll fare with Assassin's Creed 2?

 

Torchlight where your character is in a small area with many monsters can be quite taxing on a video card. I had it crash with everything turned all the way up on certain dungeons and the only way to get past that part was to lower the detail level until I passed a certain area where it kept crashing on me at very high detail and high detail on shadows.

 

I'm not interested in AC2 to be honest. L4D2 maybe..

 

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I didn't consider hordes of enemies, yeah I can see it taxing your 5750. You'll most likely run into the same issues on L4D2.

Mass Effect 2 is another one that I'd be keeping in the back of my mind when considering a new PC purchase. My laptop is not able to run Dragon Age: Origins smoothly, even on the lowest settings.

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I to use a 5850 Clemsnide and am very happy with it. I have not been gaming much as of late. I am waiting for the Star wars MMO to hit it is definitely what I'm looking forward to. Either way I have been busy and have logged into Vanguard which is a pretty demanding game and can run absolute maximum settings with ease. I will also say one specific thing on the current ATI offerings there energy usage threshold as well as cooling and operating temps are very low.

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Looks like a decent card. Cool that it supports eyefinity, but is it really fast enough to run 3 monitors?

I guess maybe a lot of RTS games would run on three monitors fine with this horsepower.

 

Edit: Also how far off are the Nvidia DX11 cards?

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