HIS HD 5830/5850/5870 iCooler V Turbo 1GB, HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB, HD 5550 Silence 512MB
- Intel Core i7-975 3340 MHz CPU
- ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard on the Intel X58 chipset
- 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM from Corsair
- WD Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB SATA HDD
- Tagan TG900-BZ 900W PSU
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, DirectX 11
- 30" Dell 3007WFP monitor
- VSync disabled
- NVIDIA Drivers 258.96/260.52
- ATI CATALYST 10.8
- Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft) -- DirectX 10.0, Shaders 4.0 (HDR), built-in benchmarking utility (the Middle level), maximum settings.
- 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.
- Just Cause 2 (Avalanche Studios/Eidos Interactive) -- DirectX 11.0, Super High settings, run the benchmark from the in-game menu.
- Aliens vs. Predator (Rebellion/SEGA) -- DirectX 11.0, Shaders 5.0, Very High settings, run the benchmark from the in-game menu.
- Tropics Benchmark 1.3 (Unigine) -- DirectX 10.0, High settings.
- Heaven Benchmark 2.0 (Unigine) -- DirectX 10.0, High settings.
- Heaven Benchmark 2.0 (Unigine) -- DirectX 11.0, High settings.
- 3DMark Vantage 1.02 (FutureMark) -- DirectX 10.0, Shaders 4.0, multitexturing, Extreme settings.
We'd like to thank Unigine for helping us set up their benchmarks.
Considering that Radeon HD 5830/5850/5770 cards are only slightly overclocked, they perform just up to 4% better than regular modifications, so there's not much sense in adding them to diagrams. Radeon HD 5870 fits right between Radeon 5870 850MHz and Radeon HD 5870 950MHz which are on the diagrams. Radeon HD 5570 is bottlenecked by the GPU and 512MB of memory, so even GDDR5 doesn't help.
Far Cry 2
Crysis Warhead, Cargo
Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn Of War II
Just Cause 2
Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11.0
Unigine Tropics Benchmark
Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 10.0
Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 11.0
3DMark Vantage Graphics Marks
HIS HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo X 1GB (256-bit) GDDR5 is a great high-end graphics card and a good rival to GeForce GTX 480. While it loses the latter in some tests, it's better in terms of temperatures, noise and price. The only drawback is the location of supplementary power connectors on the end of the card, which make it even longer.
HIS HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo 1GB (256-bit) GDDR5 is also a very nice solution, competing with GeForce GTX 470. It also has lower heat dissipation and price. And the same drawback as stated above.
HIS HD 5830 iCooler V Turbo 1GB (256-bit) GDDR5 has all the aforementioned advantages and drawbacks, but doesn't compete that well with GeForce GTX 460, especially the 1GB modification. Make your choice based on prices.
HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB (128-bit) GDDR5 is probably the best in its class. It offers excellent performance, has a very quiet and efficient cooler, is cheaper than GeForce GTX 460. Thanks to the cooler, it can also be overclocked.
HIS HD 5550 Silence 512MB (128-bit) GDDR5 is a good choice for its price. But although it's silent, it's also very hot.
We express gratitude to HIS for the provided graphics cards. The PSU is provided by TAGAN, the monitor is provided by NVIDIA.
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