HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics card

Introduction

Introduction
 
HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) are a graphics card company - period. All too many manufacturers that started life as GPU manufacturers have now branched out into so many different avenues that there skills have been diluted somewhat. Established in 1987, HIS have been loyal to ATI(AMD) and are a top tier manufacturer for the red team. They have won countless awards over the years and are a favourite among critics and PC enthusiasts alike thanks to their customer service and product performance.
 
Today is the latest GPU to be rolled out of the HIS labs which has the pinnacle of graphics technology implanted by ATI, the HD5870 core. With 1GB of GDDR5 accompanying the silicon processor, a die shrink to 40nm and a redesigned cooler, enthusiasts forums have been buzzing with excitement. As per usual though, spoil sports break NDA's and sneak out details, some correct and incorrect. Lucky for us we got a very brief taster of what the card is capable of HERE.  Today we will be either confirming or denying those rumours as we put the HD5870 through some comprehensive testing.
 
AMD are claiming the 5000 series offers up to twice the speed of the previous 4000 range of cards, a bold claim indeed especially when you consider that the new range also natively support DX 11. While NVidia are rubbishing the DX 11 support, AMD will be hoping that it's sooner rather than later when DX11 games begin to hit the stores. As it's going to be a while before we see any next gen Nvidia cards, ATI are hoping to clinch the single GPU performance crown from the green team. Something they have failed to do for a long time, instead cutting the price of their cards to provide greater bang for buck instead of ultimate performance. This time around though AMD are claiming they do not need to market the card with a budget price tag as it outclasses the current undisputed performance king, the GTX295.
 
Before we begin to put the new GPU through it's paces though, let's hear what HIS had to say about their card:
 
Prepare to experience a riveting high-definition gaming experience with ATI RadeonTM HD 5800 Series graphics processors. Expand your visual real estate across up to three displays and get lost in the action with revolutionary ATI Eyefinity Technology. Using ATI Stream technology, accelerate even the most demanding applications and do more than ever with your PC.The first to deliver full support for Microsoft DirectX® 11, these GPUs enable rich, realistic visuals and explosive HD gaming performance so you can dominate the competition.
 
Specification
 
The following specification was taken directly from the HIS product page:
 
  HIS HD5870
Chipset Radeon HD 5870 series
ASIC RadeonTM HD 5870 GPU
Pixel Pipelines
1600 stream processing units* (Unified)
Vertex Engines
1600 stream processing units* (Unified)
Manufacturing process (micron)
40nm
Memory Size
1024 MB
Memory Type
GDDR5
RAMDAC
400MHz
Engine Clock
850MHz
Memory Clock
4.8Gbps
 
Memory Interface 256bit
Bus interface PCI Express x16 (2.0)
Cooler Dual Slot
Dimensions  
 
 As you can see, instead of matching the clockspeed of the 4870, the cards direct forbear, the 5870 matches the clockspeed of the faster 4890. The 'Cypress XT' core has taken advantage of 40nm technology making it extremely power efficient affording 14.47GFLOPS/W. The computational power has also been increased to a ridiculous 2.72 TFLOPS - not bad for a single core graphics card!
 
Let's move on to the details of the card itself...
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04-10-2009, 13:37:29

tinytomlogan
W3bbo takes a look at the HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics card

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04-10-2009, 14:09:38

VonBlade
Holy hell. That's one mega GPU. My only concern is that DX10 GPUs aren't vital because of the whole X360 port laziness of devs.

So DX11? Really? Give it a year and I might invest.

04-10-2009, 14:53:00

Hassan

In order to feed the GPU enough power, the HD85870



Its meant to be HD5870, init?

04-10-2009, 15:23:29

I Hunta x
Great review, tho i would have liked to see the comparison against a 295 aswell as its in the middle of the 2 price wise.

04-10-2009, 16:32:09

monkey7
Looks like the gtx285 is still the smart money at the moment, considering price/performance-you-really-need. Just have to wait for the price drops

Small grammatical error in the conclusion:

The Mediocre

- The price is expensive for a single core GPU

Should be 'price is high' / 'card is expensive'

04-10-2009, 16:32:30

zak4994
Awesome review w3bbo but I was looking forward to an actual comparison against the 4890/70 just for good measure.

05-10-2009, 07:18:01

w3bbo
Unfortunately we don't have a huge stockpile of GPU's to re-use as once they are reviewed they usually go onto pastures new. It was only by chance that I still had the MSI GTX285 laying around which was the nearest card performance wise with which to compare.

I couldn't use the results from previous reviews as I have a totally new test rig to reflect the ever changing market and I have also tweaked the testing procedure to include more AA/AF, especially at 2560x1600 (8xAA/16xAF) as this setting certainly separates the men from the boys!

05-10-2009, 08:31:58

Rastalovich
Some awesome raw performance going on their, great review.

Bit unsure as to why they have the mounting bracket outside the shroud on the rear.

Being as the 1G version of the 285 wouldn't suffer in comparison to the 2G regarding framerate benches - isn't it strange how the cost-per-frame emphasis suddenly disappears when it suits us. ASUS GTX285 can be found for a biscuit under 230.

Tis currently a great card. 310 ? Gotta be around 295 atleast when it hits the online stores.

05-10-2009, 12:38:12

w3bbo
Cheers Rasta.

The extra memory of the 2GB version helps when at the highest res however, as the 5870 has proved, you don't need 2GB if the core is capable enough.

The only thing I can assume regarding the bracket is that it helps with keeping the card cool while the shroud affords some protection to the rear of the card.

06-10-2009, 06:05:24

Rastalovich
U'd be surprized. In games yeah the memory is very beneficial to the performance, the likes of GTA4 and.. .. have a meter that shows how much ur using. With 1G on a card I can't play GTA4 at max cos.. well there aint enough, even for a 20" screen. But it'd still do a bench run, the graphic requirements ofc are preallocated to the card's memory b4 u execute. It's not a case that the thing will run until it runs out of memory, like ur pc's memory will allow.

It's almost like u change the settings ingame - if it's permitted, u have enough graphic memory - if it won't allow it, u don't.

12-10-2009, 10:46:38

Mr. Smith
Edit: Nevermind.
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