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.