Our usual X58 testbed, which consists of the following configuration, will be used to evaluate the performance of these graphics cards.
These new AMD Radeons are targeted at the lower end and entry level segment, with the most expensive, the Radeon HD 6670 priced just below US$100. Hence, we have also included some of its competitors in this admittedly narrow price range, like the GeForce GT 520 (~US$60), the GeForce 430 (~US$70), as well as older Radeons like the Radeon HD 5570 and 5670, which are still pretty competitive in this segment. While we would have liked to show how these cards compare with a slightly higher tier of cards like the 6700 series from AMD and GeForce GT 550 from NVIDIA, they are quite a lot faster than these lower tier graphics cards and would have made the comparisons a lot messier.
Here are the full list of cards tested and the driver versions used:
For these entry level graphics cards, we have revised our benchmarks with less demanding settings, though that's still no guarantee of playable frames in some cases: