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Review: Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 in CrossFireX: say hello to our little friends

by Parm Mann on 23 September 2009, 08:58 3.8

Tags: Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB, AMD (NYSE:AMD), Sapphire

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System setup and notes

Graphics cards Sapphire Radeon HD 5870
1,024MB
(x2 in CrossFireX)
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2  2,048MB Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 OC 1,024MB BFG GeForce GTX 285
1,024MB
(x2 in SLI)
BFG GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB BFG GeForce GTX 285 1,024MB XFX GeForce GTX 275 896MB
Current pricing, including VAT £598?
£299?
£245 £170 £500 £350 £250 £175
Shader model 5.0 5.0 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Stream processors 3,200 1,600 1600 800 480 480 240 240
GPU clock speed (MHz) 850 850 750 901 648 576 648 633
Shader clock speed (MHz) 850 850 750 901 1,476 1,242 1,476 1,406
Memory clock speed (MHz) 4,800 4,800 3,600 3,600 2,484 2,016 2,484 2,322
Memory bus width (bits) 512 256 512 256 1,024 896 512 448
CPU Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (3.20GHz, 8MB L3 cache, quad-core, LGA1366)
Motherboard Foxconn Bloodrage X58
Motherboard BIOS P04
Mainboard software Intel Inf 9.1.0.1012
Memory 6GB Corsair DOMINATOR PC12,800
Memory timings and speed 9-9-9-24 1T @ DDR3-1,333
PSU Corsair HX1000W
Monitor Dell 30in 3007WFP - 2,560x1,600px
Disk drive(s) Seagate 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (3Gb/s mode)
Graphics driver Catalyst 9.9 press Catalyst 9.9 press Catalyst 9.9 Catalyst 9.9 ForceWare 190.62 ForceWare 190.62 ForceWare 190.62 ForceWare 190.62
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit (RTM)

Software

3D Benchmarks Call of Duty: World at War v1.5.1220 HEXUS custom-recorded benchmark: DX9 - maximum detail
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X v1.2, internal benchmark: DX10/10.1 - very high quality
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5, HEXUS custom-recorded benchmark. OpenGL - very high quality
Far Cry 2 v1.03 - very high quality
Race Driver: GRID v1.2, HEXUS custom-recorded benchmark - ultra quality

Notes

Given the extreme nature of our CrossFireX/SLI setups, benchmarks were conducted only at 2,560x1,600 with maximum in-game detail. To make things interesting, we've also benchmarked a pair of NVIDIA's fastest single-GPU graphics cards - the GeForce GTX 285 - in SLI configuration.