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ATI Radeon HD 5670 (Reference Card) review

ATI Radeon HD 5670 - The New Mainstream Warrior

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Test Setup

Test Setup

The new ATI Radeon HD 5670 will be evaluated using our Vista system, which has the following specifications:

Windows Vista SP1 Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (3.00GHz)
  • Gigabyte X38T-DQ6 motherboard
  • 2 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Aeneon memory in dual channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1

We'll be pitting the Radeon HD 5670 against NVIDIA's latest sub US$100 card, the GeForce GT 240. It should be interesting to see how the two cards will fare given their competitive specifications. We have also included the Radeon HD 4670 and HD 4770 to see how the new card matches up against its predecessors, and also NVIDIA's mainstream stalwarts, the GeForce 9600 GT and 9800 GT.

Here's the complete list of cards tested and their driver versions:

  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 (Beta 8.69 RC)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 195.62)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 (Catalyst 9.12)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB GDDR5 (Catalyst 9.12)
  • GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 195.62)
  • GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 (ForceWare 195.62)

Also, the cards were tested using the following benchmarks:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Dawn of War 2