HIS 5870 Turbo X Crossfire Review
Published: 31st May 2010 | Source: HIS | Price: £350 each tbc |
Clearly the HIS HD5870 Turbo X Crossfire has mind-blowing amounts of power available. It would be a shame to not use it to its fullest because of the standardised way we test here at OC3D. So this is a little aside for those of you who's Oil-Tycoon Uncle has recently died, or who got lucky on the Euro Millions.
Test Setup 2
With everything as it was previously, we dropped in the Intel i7 980x. Currently the best processor on the planet thanks to its Hex-Core, Hyper-Threaded 32nm goodness.
It's also, as we saw in the review, a bonkers clocker and we happily took it to 4.4GHz and then ran a couple of our tests again. Remember this is all on air, god bless Noctua.
2x HIS HD5870 Turbo X
Corsair Dominator GT @ 2100MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Intel i7 980x @ 4.4ghz (210x21)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic MX-3
3D Mark Vantage
Oh. My. God. 32291. Thirty-Two Thousand, Two hundred and Ninety-One 3D Mark Vantage performance points. Absolutely stunning. We thought the "stock" Turbo X results were impressive. Clearly they can eat CPUs for breakfast too. Superlatives fail us to adequately describe this.
Just in case you're the type who likes to look at all the data for all the tests, here is a grab of the result. Even the insanely harsh Feature Test 4 was comprehensively spanked.
Unigine is far more dependant upon the GPU than the CPU thanks to it's excellent optimisation and usage of the DirectX 11 API. Still we gained performance across the board.
14 FPS gained at average, leading to a stunning 91.2 FPS average in Crysis Warhead even at this resolution. Hell the minimum rate is above the V-Sync 60 FPS mark. Never has the word Epic felt more appropriate.
Sure it's eye-watering to pair £700 worth of graphics with a £850 processor, but if you can you'll be grinning forever.