iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail






i3DSpeed, January 2010

<< Previous page

     Next page >>

The i3DSpeed project is dedicated to testing performance of a large number of graphics cards under the Windows OS.

Traditionally, we offer you performance diagrams of popular graphics cards and inform about the best price/performance deals in the market.

January 2010, Issue #25(114)

  • Updated the list of benchmarks.
  • Added test results for Radeon HD 5670.

We'd like to clarify our selection of benchmarks. We tried more games than we're using now, including S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Prypyat and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, not every game is convenient for automated benchmarking and logging. Speaking of Call of Prypyat, the developers removed the previously available demo recording and playback features for some reason. Instead, they added an in-game benchmark which is very slow and, essentially, is not part of the game anymore. The sluggishness is the key drawback though. It's physically impossible to test 24 graphics cards in 4 resolutions and 2 modes, and meet the deadline. Batman wouldn't do for the same reason. Accessing its benchmark means forcing your way through numerous cutscenes which cannot be removed. Besides, it doesn't support logging of test results.

Thus, we have selected games with decent benchmarks which let us automate the tests. Note that we couldn't care less about which game belongs to which marketing program of NVIDIA or AMD. As said above, our only criterion is whether a game offers a good automated benchmark.

As for the two benchmarks from Unigine, we are grateful to their developers for helping us understand how they work. We decided to use them to the max (Heaven is used in two modes, for example). As more DX11 games with good benchmarks are released, we'll try to add them to our list of benchmarks, too.

Testbed configuration

  • Intel Core i7-920 2667 MHz CPU
  • ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard on the Intel X58 chipset
  • 3GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM from Corsair
  • WD Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB SATA HDD
  • Tagan TG900-BZ 900W PSU
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, DirectX 11
  • 30" Dell 3007WFP monitor
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 195.81 beta


  • Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft) -- DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0 (HDR), built-in benchmarking utility (the Middle level), maximum settings.
  • CRYSIS 1.2 (Crytek/EA) -- Rescue, DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, Very High settings, batch file, timedemo available by e-mail request.
  • CRYSIS Warhead (Crytek/EA) -- Cargo, DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, Very High settings, batch file, timedemo available by e-mail request.
  • Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (Codemasters) -- DirectX 10.0/11.0, Ultra High settings, run the benchmark as follows: "dirt2.exe -benchmark example_benchmark.xml".
  • Warhammer 40.000: Dawn Of War II (Relic Entertainment/THQ) -- DirectX 10.0, Super High settings, run the benchmark from the in-game menu.
  • Tropics Benchmark (Unigine) -- DirectX 10.0, High settings.
  • Heaven Benchmark (Unigine) -- DirectX 10.0, High settings.
  • Heaven Benchmark (Unigine) -- DirectX 11.0, High settings.
  • 3DMark Vantage 1.01 (FutureMark) -- DirectX 10.0, shaders 4.0, multitexturing, Extreme settings.
  • RightMark3D (iXBT.com) -- DirectX, a synthetic benchmark, Shaders 2.0/2.0b/3.0.

We'd like to thank Unigine for helping us set up their benchmarks.

Graphics cards

In the brackets: ROP/TMU clock rate, shader unit clock rate, effective memory clock rate.

  1. ATI RADEON HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 1.0ns (750/750/2000 MHz)
  2. ATI RADEON HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 (775/775/4000 MHz)
  3. ATI RADEON HD 4850 1024MB GDDR3 1.0ns (625/625/2000 MHz)
  4. ATI RADEON HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 (750/750/3600 MHz)
  5. ATI RADEON HD 5750 1024MB GDDR5 (700/700/4600 MHz)
  6. ATI RADEON HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 (850/850/4800 MHz)
  7. ATI RADEON HD 4890 1024MB GDDR5 (850/850/3900 MHz)
  8. ATI RADEON HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 (725/725/4000 MHz)
  9. ATI RADEON HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 (850/850/4800 MHz)
  10. ATI RADEON HD 5970 2x1024MB GDDR5 (725/725/4000 MHz)
  11. ATI RADEON HD 5870 CrossFire 2x1024MB GDDR5 (2x850/850/4800 MHz)
  12. ATI RADEON HD 5970 CrossFire 2x2x1024MB GDDR5 (725/725/4000 MHz)
  13. NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1024MB GDDR3 1.2ns (625/1380/1600 MHz)
  14. NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 1024MB GDDR5 (585/1418/3780 MHz)
  15. NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 1.0ns (650/1625/1800 MHz)
  16. NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 1.0ns (600/1512/1800 MHz)
  17. NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB GDDR3 0.8ns (736/1838/2200 MHz)
  18. NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1024MB GDDR3 0.8ns (756/1890/2300 MHz)
  19. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (216sp) 896MB GDDR3 0.8ns (575/1240/2000 MHz)
  20. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 0.8ns (633/1400/2260 MHz)
  21. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1024MB GDDR3 0.8ns (650/1475/2500 MHz)
  22. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 2x896MB GDDR3 0.8ns (575/1240/2000 MHz)
  23. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 SLI 2x1024MB GDDR3 0.8ns (2x650/1475/2500 MHz)
  24. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 SLI 4x896MB GDDR3 0.8ns (4x575/1240/2000 MHz)

Archived graphics cards

Write a comment below. No registration needed!

Next page >>

Article navigation:

Page 1: News, testbeds, tests, cards

Page 2: Performance charts

Page 3: Performance ratings

blog comments powered by Disqus

  Most Popular Reviews More    RSS  

AMD Phenom II X4 955, Phenom II X4 960T, Phenom II X6 1075T, and Intel Pentium G2120, Core i3-3220, Core i5-3330 Processors

Comparing old, cheap solutions from AMD with new, budget offerings from Intel.
February 1, 2013 · Processor Roundups

Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill, Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Cards

A couple of mid-range adapters with original cooling systems.
January 30, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

An external X-Fi solution in tests.
September 9, 2008 · Sound Cards

AMD FX-8350 Processor

The first worthwhile Piledriver CPU.
September 11, 2012 · Processors: AMD

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge

Trying out the new method.
September 18, 2012 · Processors: Intel
  Latest Reviews More    RSS  

i3DSpeed, September 2013

Retested all graphics cards with the new drivers.
Oct 18, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, August 2013

Added new benchmarks: BioShock Infinite and Metro: Last Light.
Sep 06, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, July 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and AMD Radeon HD 7730.
Aug 05, 2013 · 3Digests

Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Golden Sample Graphics Card

An excellent hybrid of GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660.
Jun 24, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

i3DSpeed, May 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.
Jun 03, 2013 · 3Digests
  Latest News More    RSS  

Platform  ·  Video  ·  Multimedia  ·  Mobile  ·  Other  ||  About us & Privacy policy  ·  Twitter  ·  Facebook

Copyright © Byrds Research & Publishing, Ltd., 1997–2011. All rights reserved.