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ATI Radeon HD 5870 1 GB GDDR5

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Today AMD launches their new Radeon HD 5800 Series of graphics cards. They are powered by a brand new graphics processor called "Cypress". Our review goes into all the detail about the new HD 5870 flagship, but we also have HD 5850 scores so you can get an idea what to expect.

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FINNALY!!! been waitin for a week now to see this :toast:
 
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It seems the 5850 will be the card to get and buy another one when the new Nvida line up comes out
 
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The only thing that really impresses me is the idle power consumption. Other than that, this really isn't what it was hyped up to be IMO. Oh, and that it's priced about $100 higher than everybody was thinking.
 

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The only thing that really impresses me is the idle power consumption. Other than that, this really isn't what it was hyped up to be IMO. Oh, and that it's priced about $100 higher than everybody was thinking.
+1... Will wait till prices drop until i get one... Will old on to my 4890 for a while... Heck my just get another one and cross fire it....:toast:
 
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PCI-E Power meter, someone has gotten some new tools :)
 
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+1... Will wait till prices drop until i get one... Will old on to my 4890 for a while... Heck my just get another one and cross fire it....:toast:
I was thinking the same thing, get 2x4890s which outperform the 5870 wait till nvidia releases their cards and price drops sell the 4890s and pick up two 5870s
 
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Sweet
 
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Nice. A bit quicker than the 4870X2, and consumes a lot less power. I might pick a 5870 when I build my computer in December.
 
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Well, looking at it for what it is, a single GPU card that performs like a 4870x2 and a gtx 295 ... its a pretty powerful card. But its still $399 and a 4870x2 is $360ish. Scaling is always an issue, so that fixes the dual GPU vs 5870 argument, but lets not forget... its fricking $400.

The 5870x2 without a doubt will be a beast of a card, but its going to be a beast of a pocket killer.
I'm having mixed feelings about this one....let me end it with this, I'm really glad I waited and got a 4870x2 for $370, I really feel like I got my moneys worth after seeing the results.
 

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Very nice card, but I was really hoping for more performance wise. IMO, the HD5870 cards needed to outperform the GTX295. I fear these cards won't be competitive for long, and they really don't offer that much over the GTX275 or HD4890.

And as I expected, extremely loud fan is required to keep it cool. IMO, 80°C is already pushing the edge of what I like to see. I set all my cards to ramp the fan speed up to 100% at 75°C, which means this card is another leaf blower, just like my HD4890.

Power consumption for the performance is simply amazing though. Very good showing of what 40nm can do.
 

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Good JOB W1zzard... Great review!!:toast:
 
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I want a 2GB version.


Any chance whatsoever for a quick GTA4 run? please?
 
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At least now it is out the hype can stop. :p Looks o.k to me though I would love to see it perform on DX11.
 

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GTS 250?

im pretty sure it didnt show up on any of the other graphs. and being a 9800GTX im pretty sure it should do better than a 9400GT

this was in the crysis game section.


at anyrate i like the review. Im also imprssed with the rescaled methedology more games diffirent settings new test bed. very impressed.
 
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Great review. And great card, although I have to agree with many people here that is not what I was expecting performance wise. The power consumption is excelent though and I do like that a lot, it literally destroys everything else in perf/watt.

But it has me scratching my head as to why is not faster than the 4870 X2. Their specs are the same more or less, but the HD5870 runs 100 Mhz faster and doesn't suffer any Crossfire scaling problem. I would like to see a 2GB HD5870 benched, to see if that is the problem. Otherwise I can only think about the dispatch processor being slow to handle all those SPs, something that some experts said it was one minor flaw in GT200 chips too. A better optimization can fix that to an extent, so hypothetically we can expect significant improvements with futre driver releases. More than what is normal or average I mean. GT200 did increase performance more than what was usual with other cards.

PD. Wizzard, you did posted your review at 6:00:01 AM CET as you said. :)
 
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Im loving that idle power consumption. The error fixing for the gddr5 is awesome too, but makes overclocking a little trickier.

I wonder how far this can overclock with some extra voltage.

Also, for those complaining about the price: remember that the hd4870 was about the same price when it was released, and now it can be had for about 130-150 new. Prices will drop soon, and definitely after the GTX 300 is released. ATI loves to undercut Nvidia, as evidenced by the last generation's war.
 
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Little bit disappointing. I was going to wait for one of these , now I`m glad I didn`t. Anyone have any idea when Nvidia`s new line-up is coming out ?

Of course the 5870x2 would be a giant-killer on the other hand :laugh:
 
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So W1zz, the red holes at the end of the card don't actually do anything for airflow - they are just there to look pretty? How ridiculous.
 
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Im loving that idle power consumption. The error fixing for the gddr5 is awesome too, but makes overclocking a little trickier.

I wonder how far this can overclock with some extra voltage.

Also, for those complaining about the price: remember that the hd4870 was about the same price when it was released, and now it can be had for about 130-150 new. Prices will drop soon, and definitely after the GTX 300 is released. ATI loves to undercut Nvidia, as evidenced by the last generation's war.
I don't like the error fixing thing actually. I mean is a good feature in theory, but in practice it can make many people have their cards overclocked more than what is safe and will definately be a problem in overheating situations. Non-techie people with bad case ventilation could have these cards overheating forever without noticing it, specially considering this card's performance. It could be suffering a 25% decrease in performance due to error correction and you wouldn't notice it.

Also the HD4870 was released for $300 IIRC and people were expecting the same.

So W1zz, the red holes at the end of the card don't actually do anything for airflow - they are just there to look pretty? How ridiculous.
Actually, it would be even more ridiculous if they were holes. The radial fan would suck in cold air and directly throw half of it through those holes. Unless the card had some insane cooling requirements on the VRMs and those were placed in a row in that end of the card, you just don't want to waste half your airflow.
 
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Wow, this is a really HUGE performance step from the last series, we gonna see some huge price drop from NVIDIA, especially the GTX285.