Test Setup and Unigine Heaven
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.
|Relevant Software: |
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Catalyst v10.3b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v196.34
3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
Left 4 Dead 2*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*
* - Custom benchmark
||The Unigine Heaven Benchmarks is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform real-time 3D engine. with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), and it also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering. Due to the fact that we tested Heaven in DX11 mode, no NVIDIA cards are represented in the graph below.|
The three Radeons performed as expected in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. The new Radeon HD 5830 is sandwidched right in between the higher end 5850 and more affordable 5770.