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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 Video Card 21162-00-50R
Radeon HD 5850 Features
Sapphire 5850 Closer Look
Video Card Testing Methodology
ATI Eyefinity Multi-Monitors
3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
BattleForge Performance
Crysis Warhead Tests
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Resident Evil 5 Tests
SPECviewperf 10 - Pro/E
Radeon HD 5850 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Radeon 5000-Series Final Thoughts
Radeon HD 5850 Conclusion

Crysis Warhead Test

Crysis Warhead is an expansion pack based on the original Crysis video game. Crysis Warhead is based in the future, where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the Earth on an island east of the Philippines. Crysis Warhead uses a refined version of the CryENGINE2 graphics engine. Like Crysis, Warhead uses the Microsoft Direct3D 10 (DirectX 10) API for graphics rendering.

Benchmark Reviews uses the HOC Crysis Warhead benchmark tool to test and measure graphic performance using the Airfield 1 demo scene. This short test places a high amount of stress on a graphics card because of detailed terrain and textures, but also for the test settings used. Using the DirectX 10 test with Very High Quality settings, the Airfield 1 demo scene receives 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering to create maximum graphic load and separate the products according to their performance.

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Using only the highest quality settings with 4x AA and 16x AF, only the most powerful graphics cards are expected to perform well in our Crysis Warhead benchmark tests. The re-branded GeForce GTS250 (aka GeForce 9800 GTX+) shows us how low the bottom gets by producing only 10 FPS at 1680x1050, while the Radeon HD 5870 illustrates the top with 27 FPS. The ATI Radeon HD 5770 does well, especially considering it's only meant as a lower mid-level graphics solution, yet still falls short of the GeForce GTX 260 and Radeon HD 4890 which share the same 21 frames per second performance. There are a few frames between the Radeon HD 5850 and the overclocked ASUS GeForce GTX 285 TOP, but at 1920x1280 those differences disappear. The Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 model 21161-00-50R video card doesn't flex its muscle in this NVIDIA-optimized game the way it does in DirectX 11, but it still outperforms the GTX 285 within the same price point.

Product Series GeForce GTS 250 Reference Radeon HD 5770 Reference Palit GeForce GTX 260 Radeon HD 4890 Reference Radeon HD 5850 Reference ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Radeon HD 5870 Reference
GPU Cores 128 800 216 640 1440 240 1600
Core Clock (MHz) 738 850 625 850 725 670 850
Shader Clock (MHz) 1836 N/A 1348 N/A N/A 1550 N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1100 1200 1100 975 1000 1300 1200
Memory Amount 512 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR5 1024 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR3 1024MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 128-bit 448-bit 256-bit 256-bit 512-bit 256-bit



 

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