HIS Radeon HD 5850 Turbo Review
Futuremark's 3DMark06 is a means of testing a system's capability as a gaming machine. It has aged a little, however remains to be an excellent benchmark for all round 3D testing.
The HIS Radeon HD 5850's mild factory overclock has resulted in a very subtle gain in GPU and Overall Scores. By comparison our 177MHz Core Overclock resulted in a more substantial gain.
3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
3DMark Vantage by comparison is a much more demanding and GPU dependent benchmark. Here, a ~4% lead was determined between the reference and factory overclocked graphics cards. Meanwhile, the "OC3D" overclocked HD 5870 sits proudly in HD 5870 territory.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Recently Unigine produced the fantastic Heaven Benchmark. Based around a ficticious floating village the benchmark makes full use of the Direct X 11 API, most notably with the implementation of Hardware Tesselation. We ran the benchmark with tesselation set to normal and Anti Aliasing/Anisotrophic Filterising applied to 4x/8x in the Catalyst Control Center.
What's quite clear is that even today's higher range graphics cards begin to struggle where Direct X 11, Tesselation, AA/AF and high resolutions are combined. All things considered however, HIS' rendition of the HD 5850 boasted a 2fps gain in average framerate terms over the reference card. A further four frames per second were squeezed out by us however minimum framerates remained low.