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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)
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 4350 (512MB)
- ATI Radeon HD 5570 (1GB)
- ATI Radeon HD 5450 (1GB)
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 4650 (1GB)
- Inno3D GeForce GT 220 (1GB)
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 4670 (512MB)
- Asus Radeon HD 3850 (512MB)
- ATI Radeon HD 5670 (512MB)
- Inno3D GeForce GT 240 (512MB)
- Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 4770 (512MB)
- Asus GeForce 9800 GT (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 195.62
- ATI Catalyst 10.1
- ATI 8.69 RC3 Win7 Vista (Jan14)

The Radeon HD 5570 was able to match the performance of the old Radeon HD 3850 when testing with 3Dmark Vantage. Considering the latter was launched with a MSRP of $170 and was pitched as an affordable high-end card, that doesn't sound too bad. At 1440x900 the Radeon HD 5570 was 14% faster than the Radeon HD 4670.

In case you are left wondering, the 24 month old Radeon HD 3850 can still be bought in the ~$80 range.