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 Kingston Hyper X PC3-16000 2000MHz DDR CL9 (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 640GB SATA 2.0 HDD (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows 7
Drivers: ATI Catalyst Redwood Beta, Catalyst 9.12
I originally wrote in a blog post that I was going to test this HD 5670 in CrossFire to see how some budget CrossFire action goes. Once I discovered that I was dealing with a 512MB version of the card along with the fact that this model also had no CrossFire connectors, it was time to go back to the drawing board.
Everything actually worked out for the better, though. With both the Sapphire and the ATI card carrying the same clock rates, it was a good chance for us to see how the 512MB reference model compares against the 1GB version from Sapphire.
These days we see too many cards come with too much memory. The problem is that the mentality behind so many people is that more is better. For the most part it is better, but is 1% better worth the extra money? - So what we'll do today is compare the two cards against each other and see if you can save some money by buying a 512MB version of the card instead of a 1GB one. We've thrown in the HD 5750 for good measure as well.
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.
In Vantage you can see that both cards perform very close to each other. The Sapphire with its extra memory is able to pull out the win here.