We'll be running these cards through our usual Vista testbed which has the following specifications:
Windows Vista SP1 Test System:
Although a bit of a mismatch, we'll be pitting the new budget Evergreen cards against the NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 and GT 220. We don't expect the Radeon HD 5450 to do well, considering its lean specifications, but the Radeon HD 5570 should do well enough to compete against the similarly priced GeForce GT 220. We have also included the Radeon HD 5670 in our analysis to see just where the new Radeon chips stand in the ATI hierarchy. Too bad we've returned back most of the low-end Radeon HD 4000 series for direct comparisons, but that shouldn't matter much seeing that it's not really competing with itself at this level.
To ensure the cards generate meaningful, playable results, we have also tweaked the settings of our usual benchmarks to something that's more usable on these cards.
Here's the complete list of cards tested and the driver versions used:
And the cards were tested using the following benchmarks: