ATI Radeon HD 5870 Review

By Jos
Sep 23, 2009
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  1. Following a successful run with the codenamed R700 family of GPUs, which was originally released back in June 2008 as the Radeon HD 4000 series, AMD is launching the highly anticipated R800. Debuting to no one's surprise as the ATI Radeon HD 5000, the new series is said deliver around 2x more performance than previous generation Radeon cards, and brings DirectX 11 support to desktops for the first time.

    Read the full review at:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/198-ati-radeon-hd-5870-review/

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  2. Nirkon

    Nirkon TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 243

    Great review, great card, I'm actually rooting for ATI this time because they are bringing in the goods :)
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,226   +118

    And still the GTx 295 wins where it counts... Crysis.
    Quake wars results mean nothing these days..
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,268   +388 Staff Member

    The GeForce GTX 295 would want to win as it costs more for one and for another its using two of the fastest GPU's from Nvidia's current generation range. No idea why people are making a big deal out of the Radeon HD 5870 not beating the GeForce GTX 295 in most tests, I cannot recall the last time a new GPU beat a pair of previous generation GPUs at all.

    No idea why that is but luckily we did not base our entire experience with this graphics card on just one game.
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 629   +115

    I haven't even read the review yet but that is one slick looking card.
  6. The 295 performs worse in 2560x1600 than 5870 with AA switched on...in fact it crashes, read here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5870,2422-13.html
  7. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    I guess the way you can read it is that the 5870 is now the world's fastest single GPU based graphics card.
    Sure the GTX 295 beat it in some tests, but remember that the 295 is a dual GPU based card...
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,319   +370

    Hoo-boy that's one sweet card. I haven't bought an AMD card in forever, but think this one might do the trick.
  9. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    AMD u have finally impressed me!
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Wow, this looks like one heck of a card. I wonder what kinda performance the HD 5770 is gonna bring to the table...

    @Steve, any idea on whether one can run an HD 48xx series card and an HD 58xx series card in CFX?
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,283   +229

    Yet it comes close in performance, toasts the other single GPU offerings, and runs on less juice... What exactly is your point?
    If you want to spout venom about comparisons, wait until the dual GPU version of the 5870 hits (which is the only true "apples to apples" comparison to the 295). Considering how close the single GPU version is, I'm betting the 295 will get soundly trounced.
    And, of course, the full DX11 compliance might make just a bit of a difference down the line too... but, hey, let's not cloud the issue with facts at all.
     
  12. Radeon HD 5870
    1,024MB
    (x2 in CrossFireX)

    http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=20354&page=2

    See how much of a beating the BFG GeForce GTX 285 1,024MB (x2 in SLI) and the BFG GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB recieve...
  13. its good to see ati winning, but i think the the gfx war has changed to much because my 8800 gts 512 can give me physx and 3d vision + cuda for free. if i changed to ati i would lose those free features and im not sure i could so that.
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,382   +205

    One thing I noticed at the AMD/ATI website is that the current drivers available for the 5870 and 5850 only support Vista or Windows 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit), not XP. I wonder if that will change later.
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    ....your kidding right?
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    No offence to everyone whos posted on here, but when nvidia bring out their new cards that are DX11 capable, they will laugh at ati! think about it, we're comparing a (suposeidly) next gen graphics cards to todays nvidias yet it does pull away but not by huge amounts like you would expect, yeah sure it pulls a fine job beating its own brand, but if you consider how new the card is, it struggled to beat nvidia's! so i'm waiting this one out, i'm happy to bet what ever nvidia brings out is way more powerful than this.
  17. k i know my 8800 gts 512 sucks compared to this in gfx performance, but ati have nothing to compeat against the physx and 3d vision side of things yet.
  18. ----No offence to everyone whos posted on here, but when nvidia bring out their new cards that are DX11 capable, they will laugh at ati! think about it,---

    I thought about it and figured that the 5870x2 would be a tough act to follow. ;)

    I'm disappointed with ATI's cheap crap coolers. It's about time they put something good on their cards. I had to replace the cooler on my 4870x2 after approx 6 months cause it wasn't doing it's job without hitting high fan speeds. Yes my fans were clean and yes I tried Artic Silver on the gpu's.

    I also can't figure out how Techspot's 4870x2's idle temp was 70??? Should have been around 50, considering the increased fan speeds the catalyst drivers forced since the card was released. Oh well.. minor detail.
  19. Also don't forget drivers for 5870 will improve with time, improving performance...
  20. kakarot27

    kakarot27 Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    huh but im still waiting for the 5850 review.........i have a 4850 and im think of upgrading to the 5850 instead of doing crossfirex
  21. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    I'm still using an 8800 GT and it still serves me more than just fine :) i say that 60 fps on Resident Evil 5 on 1680x1050 on maxed details is more than enough to make me happy :D
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74


    Yikes...okay , so i get it. when Nvidia is on top with the most powerful card, then they are the King, but when ATI releases something more powerful , then you want to project into the future and surmise that 'when' they come out with their next card it will be more powerful....geezus. besides the fact that you choose to compare apple to oranges, this single GPU card keeps up with and even passes the dual GPU GTX 295 in some benches. (the GTX 295 is two distinct GTX 275's sandwiched together at the heatsink,,,,even has a SLI bridge between them) a fair comparison will be when the dual version of the 5870 comes out. anandtech did this here.
    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643&p=1
    it really amusing to watch people place thier self worth on things like their vehicle, size of their house ....and i guess GPU ...LOL , thanks for the comic relief though....keep it up! :)
  23. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,226   +118

    Quote"Yet it comes close in performance, toasts the other single GPU offerings, and runs on less juice... What exactly is your point?
    If you want to spout venom about comparisons, wait until the dual GPU version of the 5870 hits (which is the only true "apples to apples" comparison to the 295). Considering how close the single GPU version is, I'm betting the 295 will get soundly trounced.
    And, of course, the full DX11 compliance might make just a bit of a difference down the line too... but, hey, let's not cloud the issue with facts at all."

    I seem to have ruffled a few feathers with my post.

    I am quite impressed with the 5870, However this is not the direct x11 crysis crusher i expected it to be. Seems more of a dx11"foot in the door" entry level card to me. I wanted to see it kick the gtx 295s teeth in and steal them so it could not get a refund from the tooth fairy! :)

    it wont be cheaper than a gtx 295 for long with the adoption of dx11. So i am left with the choice of:

    A: Gtx 295 to blast through crysis and direct x 10
    B: A 5870 with dx11, Plays crysis slower and will probably be just about capable of running direct x 11 games.

    I will stick with direct x 10 until the "value for money" improves.

    As a side note im a ati fanboy on the quiet! :)
  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    IMO, PhysX is just a marketing tool and nothing more. I have yet to see a game that looks and plays better with PhysX on. Not to mention the fact that very few games actually support PhysX, and that the performance hit is very noticeable if you have an older card (anything older than the GT200 series).

    3D Vision is also a similar gimmick IMO.
  25. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,268   +388 Staff Member

    No offence but you would be naive to believe that the Radeon HD 5870 was ever going to slay the GeForce GTX 295. The fact that it manages to even beat it in a few tests is absolutely amazing.

    That said you are not alone, for some reason half the forum posts I read are about how disappointing the Radeon HD 5870 is because it cannot beat the GeForce GTX 295 with ease in every game.

    Really that’s crazy talk. Did the GeForce GTX 280 smash the GeForce 9800GX2 in every test? No, and the G92 was not nearly as impressive as the G200 in my opinion. The G200 is the most complex and impressive GPU Nvidia has ever come up with and while it may now be over a year old the Radeon HD 5870 lays waste to it.

    When all is said and done the real test for the GeForce GTX 295 will be the Radeon HD 5870 X2 and Crossfire results with the Radeon HD 5870 have already shown that battle to be well and truly over.

    Anyone really worth listening to will not have spoken outright on the AMD vs. Nvidia battle just yet as the battle is still yet to take place…


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