ATI Radeon HD5670
Published: 14th January 2010 | Source: ATI | Price: $99 / £60 rrp |
Testing a lot of the latest cards can very quickly lead to a CPU limited situation. Even at extreme resolutions a lot of the very high end graphics can easily sit idly waiting for a CPU to catch up. Thankfully the ATI HD5670 should be easily supplied with more data than it knows what to do with by a good chip, and to this end we did our best to have exactly the type of expensive hardware this is budget card is unlikely to be used with, to ensure it's the card, not the subsystem that affects the results.
CPU : i7 965 overclocked to 3.6GHz
RAM : 6GB of OCZ Blade
Audio : ASUS Xonar Audio
Motherboard : ASUS Rampage II Extreme
PSU : 1000w OCZ Gold
GPU : ATI HD5670 8.65beta drivers
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64
One difference to our normal testing methodology is that as well as testing at the normal highest settings, we are also going to see what settings will give a playable frame-rate in our games. For our purposes we will define playable as 30FPS or higher, which although is slightly too low for racing games, is a sensible number for a card such as this.
With the test system sorted, it's time to have a look at some results and see what the HD5670 can do.
3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage
Starting with 3DMark06, which is definitely showing its age as a test of modern systems but luckily for us still a good test of pure horsepower. Despite the insanely beefy system it actually scored less than a 4850 we tested recently. However it is very close in performance terms, but much cheaper in pricing and with DX11 features. 11000+ points in 3DMark06 from a budget graphics card is certainly good.
Moving on to Vantage, we see an excellent P-Score of over 6000. Given that Vantage is hopelessly bias in favour of cards with Physx support, and the HD5670 is a value solution we were very impressed. Hopefully these good results will translate into good framerates in games.
Ok. Enough synthetics and photos. It's time for some gaming and to see what the scores on the doors are.