ATI 5000 Series Roundup
Published: 20th January 2010 | Source: ASUS | Price: £117 - £540 |
The market for graphics cards got huge boost last year when ATI released the first of the DirectX 11 graphics cards, numbered, unsurprisingly, the 5 series. Demand for the latest and greatest easily outstripped supply and even now, some months later, it's still very difficult to have a wide selection of cards to purchase if you're loyal to a certain manufacturer.
Naturally the first out the door of the ATI labs was the, at the time, top of the range 5870. This was quickly followed by the 5850 and rumours persisted about the possibility of a 5870X2, which eventually reached us named the 5970. At least the adjustment of the naming conventions should make it easier for the average consumer to know where in the range their card fits.
As with all high-end graphics cards though, not long after the more value orientated models started to drip into the marketplace. Anyone who remembers the amazing value for money that the 4770 produced in Crossfire will be delighted to know that a 5770 has been made available and these four cards make up today's huge test.
With so many cards and combinations to test this is also a first for OC3D in that two of our reviewers, myself Tom Logan and Bryan Waters, are collaborating to bring you this huge amount of information as concisely as possible.
Naturally with demand so high obtaining these cards is quite a feat, so we were delighted when ASUS stepped in to offer us an amazing 6 of their excellent 5 series cards to enable us to run the full battery of tests.
We know you're all as itching as we are to see some numbers and find out which would be the best bang for buck, so let's cut to the chase.