Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Core i7 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ATI Radeon HD 5970 (2GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5850 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5770 (1GB)
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2GB)
- Asus Radeon HD 4890 (1GB)
- Palit Radeon HD 4870 (1GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 295 (1792MB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 275 (896MB)
- Palit GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 191.03
- ATI Catalyst 9.10



Already the Radeon HD 5970 is starting to look impressive. With a 3Dmark score of 9238pts at 2560x1600, it has not only set a new record for single PCB graphics cards, but also managed to outperform both the GeForce GTX 295 and Radeon HD 5870 by comfortable margins of 37% and 48% respectively.

Furthermore the previous generation AMD flagship card, the Radeon HD 4870 X2, was blown away by a 62% margin. We're eager to see how this numbers translate into real-world gaming performance.