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ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:53 pm

Today is the launch of a pair of the most anticipated video cards of all time, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850! These are the world's first and only DirectX 11 graphics cards, and yes they are out before Windows 7 or a DirectX 11 ready video game has even hit the market. Truth be told, AMD has WHQL certified drivers out for Windows 7 and the new Radeon HD 5000 series is a monster to say the least.

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From a performance perspective the ATI Radeon HD 5870 blew away the Radeon HD 4890 and the GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards in the benchmarks that we ran on Windows 7. The Radeon HD 5870 is by far the fastest single GPU graphics card that we have ever benchmarked and it is the real deal. It doesn't have an annoyingly loud fan, suck down obsessive amounts of power or heat up your room while you aren't gaming. The user experience with this card is very well rounded and it is tough to find anything negative to say about it...


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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby FeRaL » Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:03 pm

Great balls of fire Batman! And, you guys had two of them ta boot! Nice work on the review. I'm pretty happy with ATI's work here.

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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby HONkUS » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:09 am

yup, im getting one! :)
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby skier » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

Oh. MY. GOD. i cried when i started reading this, more power than a GTX 295 or 4870X2, using the power of a GTX 285(/less)

IMAGINE: Crossfire, LN2 cooling, cant even think of how well it will do in vantage, if it can outscore any combination on the market when OC'd OR stock in Crossfire anyway

GREAT article, been waiting years for ATI to take the crown back uncontested. phenom still needs a bit of work to clear Intel out entirely, glad they got video cards back at least
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:08 am

skier wrote:IMAGINE: Crossfire, LN2 cooling, cant even think of how well it will do in vantage, if it can outscore any combination on the market when OC'd OR stock in Crossfire anyway


Imagine?

Read this page and you won't have to imagine: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1080/15/
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby skier » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:12 am

i seemed to have missed that little sentence, lol musta skipped it and went for the pic/description that followed it

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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby jakegub » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:38 am

Any chance ATI is going to get back on top of the Folding scene also? I remember when the x1900 series was considered cheating.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby FZ1 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:25 am

While those are very nice cards at prices that are actually reasonable (NVIDIA take note), I'm not going to run out and get one right away. I haven't been gaming much, DX11 games are still yet to make it to market and the performance is not compelling enough for me to give up the GX2 just yet.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby Skippman » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:35 am

SWEET LORD ALMIGHTY!

Ok, so I can now loyally remain an ATI Fanboy and not feel shame!

I wonder how easy it would be to water cool this bad boy? If one of these has almost as much power as my two 4870's I think I'm going to be happy running just the one card until the price break in 8 months.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby HONkUS » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:15 am

Ok, so I can now loyally remain an ATI Fanboy and not feel shame!


I feel shame. I am switching camps, this will be the first ATI card i've ever bought. I have always been Nvidia or 3dfx. I feel like a traitor but at least ill be a traitor with an insane video card.

That is if I can find one in stock anywhere lol.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby NAiLs » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:05 am

HOLY BALLS, BATMAN!!! Seriously, MAD PROPS to ATi / AMD for bringing out this card! I haven't been this impressed by an ATi card since the 9800 Pro that I bought back in 2003! If I didn't buy a GTX 275 a couple months back, I would definitely pick one of these up!! I can't wait to see what NVidia has to counter this with, but from what I've been hearing, nothing special.

Seriously, wow.... that's all I have to say.

Thanks for the spectacular review, Nate!! :drool:
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby slugbug » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:56 am

This card is a monster. Don't expect this to fit in small case.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby FeRaL » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:51 pm

Rumor had it that the 5800 series cards would have a 384-bit memory bus width. I'm excited about this card but at the same time with twice the transistors, etc... I was hoping for more FPS than it shows. But then again, the drivers are probable young still and will mature.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby HONkUS » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:10 pm

I just ordered an XFX 5870 from newegg 8)
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby geokilla » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:29 pm

Great review. Shame it didn't do too well on overclocking though. Have you tried overclocking using other programs?

I'd love to get my hands on one of this. But alas, I have no use for it.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:32 pm

geokilla wrote:Great review. Shame it didn't do too well on overclocking though. Have you tried overclocking using other programs?

I'd love to get my hands on one of this. But alas, I have no use for it.


Shame it didn't do to well? It maxed out CCC OverDrive? How is that not awesome? As for other applications, none were available till this afternoon to overclock beyond OverDrive. When this review was written (last week) none were available by anyone or site including ATI. Trust me we asked and begged.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby geokilla » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:06 pm

Apoptosis wrote:
geokilla wrote:Great review. Shame it didn't do too well on overclocking though. Have you tried overclocking using other programs?

I'd love to get my hands on one of this. But alas, I have no use for it.


Shame it didn't do to well? It maxed out CCC OverDrive? How is that not awesome? As for other applications, none were available till this afternoon to overclock beyond OverDrive. When this review was written (last week) none were available by anyone or site including ATI. Trust me we asked and begged.

I dunno. It's just like that I have a feeling where if there were other programs out there or like if Overdrive didn't max out so easily, it could've easily clocked higher.

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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby gibbersome » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:48 pm

geokilla wrote:Great review. Shame it didn't do too well on overclocking though. Have you tried overclocking using other programs?

I'd love to get my hands on one of this. But alas, I have no use for it.


This is just the start though. Faster and better versions are in the works.


Not news on the Nvidia front. But if people remember, they were very quiet right before they released the G92. THey can't afford to give ATI a 4-5 month head start. It's the only DirectX 11 capable card on the market!
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby shaxs » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:25 pm

I cannot wait until I get my hands on this card... I am very curious to see how the 5850 performs.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review

Postby dgood » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:37 pm

I'm glad you mentioned the price of the 5850 or the projected price, it looks much more like the price range I can afford once I finish my last few school payments.
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