At about $500 U.S. and no real performance gains being seen with this model against the standard HD 5870 which comes in roughly $80 cheaper, from a gaming perspective it's not the best purchase. Also throw in the fact that if you don't have a DisplayPort monitor and you want to game at 2560 x 1600, you'll have to buy a separate active adapter worth $100 US.
We combine this fact with what we saw from the reference model at 5760 x 1200 which also shows really no difference when compared to the standard 1GB model. You have to wonder, why bother?
In saying all that, though, there's a clear market for this model. If you want or need six monitors then this'll be the card you need to buy. From a pure gaming perspective you wouldn't buy the HD 5870 Eyefinity6 Edition of the model over a standard HD 5870 if you're going to only game on a single monitor; or even three for that matter.
Performance on a whole is good; it performs just as a HD 5870 would. Where the model dies is when it comes to the overall value. The bigger price tag and the lack of extra performance that comes with the extra memory does very little in helping us justify the cost.
Of course, you have to think; if you want six monitors there's no other options at the moment. From that point of view it's great. In a corporate environment 3D performance isn't important. While not the best option for gamers, it's clearly got a market. If you're one of those people that need or want six monitors, it's the card to buy.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card and Specifications]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - BattleForge]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Darkest of Days]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Dark Void]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor]
- Page 16 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 19 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]