HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics card

Test Setup

Test Setup

To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below:
i7 Rig

CPU: Intel i7-870 @ 4GHz
Motherboard: MSI P55-GD80
Memory: 2x2GB GSkill Trident @2000MHz 9-9-9-24
HD : Hitachi Deskstar 7k160 7200rpm 160GB
GPU: HIS Radeon HD5870
Graphics Drivers: Supplied by HIS
PSU: Gigabyte ODIN 1200w

As you can see, I decided to run the setup at 4GHz to prevent any possibility of CPU bottlenecks. The 2000MHz bandwidth afforded by the GSKill Trident should also ensure that there are no hold ups in our test setup, allowing the cards to stretch there silicon legs.
During the testing of the setups above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used before the benchmarking began, with a full defrag of the hard drive once all the drivers and software were installed, preventing any possible performance issues due to leftover drivers from the previous motherboard installations. For the 3DMark and gaming tests a single card configuration was used.

To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used:
3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• 3DMark 05
• 3DMark 06
• 3DMark Vantage

3D Games
• Crysis
• Far Cry 2
• Oblivion

• Race drive: GRID
• Call of Duty IV
• Unreal Tournament III

Power Consumption

Power consumption was measured at the socket using a plug-in mains power and energy monitor. Because of this, the readings below are of the total system, not just the GPU. Idle readings were taken after 5 minutes in Windows. Load readings were taken during a run of Furmark.
ATI cards are normally power hungry beasts which make PSU's sweat. The HIS HD5870 is a different kettle of fish however as it consumes less power than it's closest rival, the GTX285 on both idle and load tests. Consuming just under 30w less power at both levels, the efficiency of the card is such that it will be cheaper to run than most high end cards on the market. While 30w may not seem a great deal of power consumption, over a long period of time that value can equal a significant amount of money saved on power bills.

Temperatures were taken at the factory clocked speed during idle in Windows and after 30 minutes of running Furmark with settings maxed out (2560x1600 8xMSAA). Ambient temperatures were taken with a household thermometer. As we use an open test bench setup consideration should be given to the fact that the temperatures would likely increase further in a closed case environment.

I was very surprised at the idle temperatures of the card which never rose much above the 30c mark. This is in stark contrast to the GTX285 which was some 10c higher than the HIS HD5870. Load temperatures again saw the HD5870 run cooler than the GTX285, even with the fan set to auto. Noise was rarely an issue as the fan hardly span up at all. In contrast to earlier ATI cards, the HD5870 is certainly much quieter and while it can still be noisy with the fan running at 100%, the card hardly ever reached this limit so you can rest easy in the knowledge that the HD5870 will afford some quiet gaming and not distract you from online, immersible game play.
For our overclocking tests I used the Catalyst Control Centre utility which worked perfectly with our setup. One thing that did concern me was the fact that the clockspeeds were not reported correctly using GPU-Z. The stock ones were picked up fine but when overclocked, GPU-Z still reported the stock clocks. To test if the clocks had been correctly applied I ran some benchmarks and the improvements in frames per second were clear so I can only assume there is a compatibility issue with the latest version of GPU-Z.
Stock overclok
The card ran fine with the sliders maxed to values of 900MHz on the core and 1300MHz on the memory. Not satisfied that this was all the card had to give I tried out AMD's new GPU Overclocking tool. Sadly, it appeared the card could not cope with clockspeeds much higher than what the Overdrive utility offered reaching a maximum 924/1320. Even then stability was an issue so I decided to stick with the 900/1300 clockspeeds the Overdrive utility allowed and ran the benchmarks at this setting which resulted in no stability issues what so ever and only a very minor increase in GPU temperatures.
Here's how COD 4 looked with overclocked vs stock settings:
Not a bad result at all really. While the results were nothing drastically significant, the overclock granted us a few extra frames which is always welcome and thus no doubt we will soon see pre-overclocked version of the HD5870 running this speed as stock.
After returning the card back to it's default speed I ran our standard set of GPU benchmarks... 
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Most Recent Comments

04-10-2009, 13:37:29

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

Continue ReadingQuote

04-10-2009, 14:09:38

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.Quote

04-10-2009, 14:53:00


In order to feed the GPU enough power, the HD85870

Its meant to be HD5870, init?Quote

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.Quote

04-10-2009, 16:32:09

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' Quote

04-10-2009, 16:32:30

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

05-10-2009, 07:18:01

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!Quote

05-10-2009, 08:31:58

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.Quote

05-10-2009, 12:38:12

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.Quote

06-10-2009, 06:05:24

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.Quote

12-10-2009, 10:46:38

Mr. Smith
Edit: Nevermind.Quote

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