March 20, 2010

Radeon HD 5870: Great performance, Great price, Great card :)

If your look­ing for a top of the line card with excep­tion­al per­for­mance that while its not exact­ly cheap it wont break the bank either being com­peta­tive­ly priced around $420. The 5870 shines bright­ly at a price the com­pe­ti­tion just cant or wont match.
The 5870 will cost you around $399–430 depend­ing on man­u­fac­tur­er and OC ver­sions, it how­ev­er is worth every pen­ny. I recent­ly upgrad­ed to the 5870 from the GTX 285 after 9 years of being an Nvidia user and have no regrets. the 5870 sports 1600 Stream Proces­sor, 850Mhz clock speed, 1Gb GDDR5 mem­o­ry clocked at 1200Mhz, 40nm chip,  and sup­ports DirectX11 and uti­lizes Tes­sel­la­tion. Its Also has 2 DVI ports, an HDMI port and Dis­play Port.
The per­for­mance of the 5870 is through the roof and I have yet to play a game on it that I cant max out, for instance I can max Bad Com­pa­ny 2 with 8xAA/8xAF and get over 60–70FPS, and can max Cry­sis with 4xAA at 40–50FPS, all at a res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080. The com­pe­ti­tion, Nvidia, is about to release its Fer­mi card the GTX 480 and while there isnt much info yet on the new Nvidia card there is a bench­mark pit­ting the 5870 against the new GTX480. The 5870 ran head to head with the 480 only falling behind when tes­sel­la­tion is intro­duced, which while that is a slight draw­back its not enough to jus­ti­fy the giant $200 price gap and despite the fact that ATI does­nt sup­port Physx its price com­pared to Nvidia makes the 5870 the choice card for enthusi­ests at the moment. And dont for­get ATI’s new Eye Fin­i­ty tech. allow­ing gamers to span their game across 3+ mon­i­tors.
Now as I men­tioned, ATI does not have physx sup­port not does it have its own physics engine any­more (won­der what hap­pened to havok???). There is how­ev­er a work around for some­one with an extra Physx capa­ble Nvidia GPU lay­ing around. There is a dri­ver mod out called Physx mod 1.02 which will allow you to patch your video dri­vers and use an Nvidia GPU with an ATI card for Physx acceller­a­tion, which in turn will dri­ve your graph­ics per­for­mance up just that much more. Tuto­ri­als can be found online includ­ing one I found in an AMD forums as Nvidia is the only that has a prob­lem with this.

Bot­tom line, the HD5870 while a tad pricey is very com­peta­tive­ly priced and worth the cost with excep­tion­al per­for­mance and great qual­i­ty. But beware, the card is huge, it mea­sures in at 11″ long and is dou­ble pro­file so make sure you have the room for this mon­ster before invest­ing unless you have the extra cash for a larg­er case also.

2 comments

  1. thsoundman - March 21, 2010 2:19 pm

    This will most like­ly be my next card… i just can’t see myself drop­ping 700 dol­lars on a new fer­mi card for very mar­gin­al gains. In all hon­esty I will prob­a­bly nev­er use a 3 mon­i­tor set­up for sev­er­al rea­sons… A. I don’t have enough desk space B. I can’t afford two new 28 inch mon­i­tors. C. How many games actu­al­ly uti­lize this type of tech.

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  2. PimpmasterF - March 21, 2010 5:29 pm

    The list of games that use eye­fin­i­ty tech is actu­al­ly grow­ing fair­ly steadi­ly, for instance Bad Com­pa­ny 2 uti­lizes it, But ill nev­er use it either, I also just dont have the room or cash, I could prob­a­bly make room but Im not spend­ing anoth­er $400 on mon­i­tors. Also even if the new fer­mi card releas­es at even $600, the per­for­mance gains over the 5870 is far to min­i­mal to jus­ti­fy an extra $200

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