HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics card

Benchmarks 2

Unreal Tournament 3 is the highly anticipated game from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest Unreal engine, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.

Race Driver: Grid is a visually taxing game that presents a challenge to any graphics system. Results were recorded using FRAPS to log the average FPS over a 2 minute race. To ensure consistency, the same track, car and general path of travel was used in each of the 5 benchmark runs for each graphics card, with an average FPS being calculated from the median three results.

Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast game play. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.

Results Analysis
 The HIS HD5870 bettered the GTX285 in all three of the benchmarks above and while it significantly beat the GTX285 in both Call of Duty IV and Unreal Tournament III, it completely destroyed it in Race Driver: GRID, more than doubling the frame rate at the highest resolution and quality setting, proving that the advantage the GTX285 has with 2GB of memory means little. More so, my fear that the 256bit memory interface would be inadequate is unfounded.
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Most Recent Comments

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

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