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 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows 7
Drivers: ATI Catalyst 10.1
We've barely tested HD 5800 series cards over the last few months and for that reason we've got very little in the pool when it comes to comparing the current crop of cards we've got coming in.
So, for that reason we've compared the overclocked HD 5850 TOXIC from Sapphire against the stock clocked HD 5870 from Sapphire. It'll be interesting to see just how far behind the TOXIC version of the HD 5850 sits behind 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.
Straight away we can see some good performance from the HD 5850 TOXIC. There's really only a small gap between the performance of the two models when you look at it.