After a decade long wait, Starcraft 2 is finally here, but are you worried your system can't cope, or are you not sure what graphics card to get to maximize the game? Fret not, we ran Starcraft 2 with the latest graphics cards in the most intense multiplayer scenario to see what kind of performance it garners.
We have gathered the fastest and coolest Radeon HD 5870 cards from the biggest names in the industry - ASUS, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX - all in the name of finding out who will reign supreme.
The MSI R5870 Lightning is the latest addition to MSI's line of extreme, hardcore-only Lightning edition of graphics cards. It is fitted with military-class materials that are supposed to better withstand the strains of overclocking. We ride the lightning to find out just how good it is.
While all Radeon HD 5870 cards are equal, some are more equal than others. With so many Radeon HD 5870 cards to choose from, the Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X distinguishes itself by sporting a custom cooler and being factory-overclocked. We take a look at this special Radeon HD 5870 to see what it's made of.
The Radeon HD 5870 is undoubtedly fast, but how would two of them perform? In an attempt to simulate the performance of the upcoming Radeon HD 5870 X2, we put a pair 5870 cards together in CrossFireX and compare it with two 4870 X2 cards. Along the way, we also examined how such a configuration would perform on an Intel X38 and an X58 setup.
The next round of the graphics card war begins with the launch of the world's first fully DirectX11 compatible graphics card - the ATI Radeon HD 5870. Manufactured using a 40nm process, packing a staggering 2.15 billion transistors, and with twice the stream processor count of the Radeon HD 4870, we put it through its paces to see what ATI's new GPU is capable of.