ATI Radeon HD 5870 Overclocked Round-up

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3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DX 10 Gaming Performance

3DMark Vantage

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 isn't available on previous versions of Windows. With the 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 Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024.


Gigabyte's SOC videocard flexed its muscles during our 3DMark Vantage testing. With a 50MHz core clock advantage over the HIS and MSI 5870s, it fetched over 500 more 3DMarks, which is a 3% difference in performance. When compared to the reference HD 5870, it offers 13% more.

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Performance


3DMark06 is a 3D rending benchmark that pushes a system and its GPUs to the limits. The test includes Shader Model 2.0, Shader Model 3.0, and HDR tests. To push the system, scenes are rendered with very high geometric detail and shader complexity, and with extensive use of lighting and soft shadows. The maximum shader length 3DMark06 supports is 512 instructions. The 3DMark06 Overall Score is a weighted average based on the SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0, and CPU scores.


3DMark06 testing reveals a tight race for supremacy. The Super Overclock HD 5870 still comes away with the highest score, but the Turbo X is only 126 3DMarks behind. In both 3DMark tests,we find the Turbo X is just a bit faster than the Lighting which can be attributed to their difference in memory speeds. 

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