Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows Vista SP1 64-bit
Drivers: ATI Catalyst Cypress Driver
With our trusty Sapphire HD 5870 in our testbed it was time to fire up the Overdrive function in the Catalyst driver suite. We were optimistic; we slid the core slider to 900MHz and the memory one to 1300MHz, hit the test button and was pleasantly surprised that the test passed. So, with our clocks achieved it was time to get straight into our benchmarking to find out just how much extra power we could squeeze out of the HD 5870.
Let's get started!
3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.
3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
Getting straight into it we can see a nice little gain in both the X and P preset. Hopefully this translates into real world games as well.