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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
ATI Radeon HD 5970 Hemlock Video Card
Radeon HD 5970 Features
ATI Eyefinity Multi-Monitors
ATI Radeon HD 5970 Closer Look
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
BattleForge Performance
Crysis Warhead Tests
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Resident Evil 5 Tests
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Radeon HD 5970 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Radeon 5000-Series Final Thoughts
ATI Radeon HD 5970 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.

Using the highest quality DirectX 10 settings with 4x AA and 16x AF, only the most powerful graphics cards are expected to perform well in our Crysis Warhead benchmark tests. DirectX 11 extensions are not supported in Crysis: Warhead, and SSAO is not an available option.

Crysis_Warhead_Benchmark.jpg

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.

For the dual-GPU products, the NVIDIA GTX 295 muscles its way to the #2 position ahead of the Radeon HD 5870, but it falls very short of matching performance with the ATI Radeon HD 5970. At 1920x1200 resolution the GTX 295 produces only 27 FPS, and while this is still better than the HD5870's 23 FPS or the overclocked GTX285's 21 FPS, it's 44% behind the Radeon HD5970's 39 FPS. The single HD5970 actually comes close to doubling the performance of a single HD5850, but also consumes far less power in it's factory 'underclocked' state.

Product Series ATI Radeon HD 5770 Palit GeForce GTX 260 ATI Radeon HD 4890 ATI Radeon HD 5850 ASUS GeForce GTX 285 ATI Radeon HD 5870 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 ATI Radeon HD 5970
GPU Cores 800 216 640 1440 240 1600 480 (240 per GPU) 3200 (1600 per GPU)
Core Clock (MHz) 850 625 850 725 670 850 576 725
Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1348 N/A N/A 1550 N/A 1242 3200
Memory Clock (MHz) 1200 1100 975 1000 1300 1200 999 1000
Memory Amount 1024 MB GDDR5 1024 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR3 1024MB GDDR5 1792MB GDDR3 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit 448-bit 256-bit 256-bit 512-bit 256-bit 896-bit (448-bit per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU)



 

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# the diffrenceJeff 2010-03-24 07:12
In my opinion. the diffrence between ATI and NVidia when it comes to gameing, is that NVidia seems to have alot of technical problems and games seem to crash every so often. With ATI the video card drivers and software can be more user friendly. the cards are outstanding in the performance and there are no problems when it comes to games, movies, etc. The best part of ATI, is Eye Finity.... Hopefully they can come up with a card that can hold the 3 screens, but dont have to order a dual link to DVI adapter off the internet... which seems to be the biggest problem for most people....
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# Drivers Blow !!!Mike 2010-03-26 17:01
ATI's drivers are horrendous!! I have had nothing but problems with them. Tons of in game glitches and outright crashes and they are never optimized when a new game is released. It takes forever for them to address individual game issues ( see Batman Arkham Asylum and AA ). They might release a driver a month but I think all they do is change the version number and kick it out the door. If you really want bad drivers just run any of their 2x gpu cards then it gets even worse...

Jeff sounds like ATI employee at the very least.
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# ... So Does Mike ;)EetMe 2010-04-10 09:59
ATI is clearly the "hardware" king-o-graphics/GPU's right now. Mike sounds like a poor-loser nv-fanboy. tough eh ?
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# Fanboy at the LEASTRj 2010-04-13 07:17
Yes, fanboy at the least, or some dumbass that doens't know how to use a GPU lololol
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# RE: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Hemlock Video CardFrostbite 2010-05-03 15:53
I still don't get why people complain about ATI's drivers. I keep up to date monthly and sometimes much longer periods before I do update, and I haven't had a single issue. Yeah, the games have crashed but hell, they did that to me back in 95. Learn how to keep your drivers in shape newbies, as I've yet to experience anything overly frustrating in this many years of ATI.
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# ATI and NVIDIA both have issues.Olin Coles 2010-05-03 16:07
I've already pointed out problems with NVIDIA drivers here: benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=194
What I haven't pointed out is how NVIDIA drivers lack 60Hz support, and instead offers a lower 59Hz option. On the other hand, ATI delivers the full 60Hz experience, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 loads levels in only 10 seconds and not 62 like the latest Forceware driver. As I see it right now, ATI has an edge over NVIDIA drivers.
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# IT guyDave 2010-05-07 07:48
I'm unsure if Mike understands how to correctly install the drivers for his GPU. The only time I've ever had issues with my 5970 is when USER error was involved. Yes I am human too. haha. If you are switching from Nvidia or if you wish to have a clean install use a product like Driver Sweep. Download the newest drivers from ATI first. Run Driver Sweep and remove the ATI drivers. For an extra layer of assurance uninstall your video drivers/hardware in safe mode as well, re boot and install the new drivers!! Easy cheesy! :-)
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# Not 1 single problemRecon 2010-08-06 10:19
I have buy this card. And i love nv (always buy Nividia). But i was afread bugged drivers because i have see so many bad reviews its like the trying to rip off ati, however a friend buy this card. And i was like OMFG this can not be happening, Well see that beast in action i can not belive wat that thing can do. So i buy this card. So far not even 1 single crash. Perhaps people need to chill down and buy this card. Realy the love it when the have this card. If ati stay that way i will follow.
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# RE: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Hemlock Video Cardmike 2010-08-22 21:12
Uh well my HIS HD4870 has major problems. Actually, I have two of them and they both exhibit the same problems. I can't even run MOH:AA without cat A.I. on at least low. Took me about 2 years to figure this out, so I went 2 years without playing one of all time favorite classic games. No one had an answer, including ATI. I also can't play the game with Vsync on, or my mouse becomes erratic. This does not happen on ANY other video card I've had, but does with both HD4870s. Add to this numerous other glitches and I've pulled all of my hair out over it the past couple of years. I don't know if this is a hardware issue with this particular model of card, or a driver issue, or both. I just hope, really hope that if I spend another 400 dollars on my next ATI card that I do not have these glaring issues.
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# Ati Vs NvidiaRoy 2010-10-08 13:35
i always used to have an Nvidia card, but now it was time to change to an Ati card.
Ati has the best ones at this moment in my eyes.
i just bought an Sapphire Hd 5850 Toxic, it runs great, silence and it doesnt gets hot.

If you wanna buy an new graphics cards, then buy an ati, there the best now.
(ati is the cheapest and it wont use as much power as an nvidia as well atm)
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