TechSpot: ATI Radeon HD 5870 Review

Following a successful run with the codenamed R700 family of GPUs, which was originally released back in June 2008 as the Radeon HD 4000 series, AMD is launching the highly anticipated R800. Debuting to no one's surprise as the ATI Radeon HD 5000, the new series is said deliver around 2x more performance than previous generation Radeon cards, and brings DirectX 11 support to desktops for the first time.

On TechSpot's test bed today they have a reference HD 5870 graphics card packing some 2150 million transistors and produced on a 40nm process. With an introductory MSRP of $380, the Radeon HD 5870 is roughly $120 cheaper than today's undisputable performance champ, the GeForce GTX 295. It is also almost twice as costly as the Radeon HD 4890, however, which begs the question: is the Radeon HD 5870 really that much faster?

Today we finally get to find out, as we will be comparing AMD's latest and greatest against every single high-end graphics card released over the past year.

If you're interested in purchasing the HD 5870, NewEgg are offering the card for $380.

View: ATI Radeon HD 5870 Review

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I can already see Nvidia pulling out something secret with a DX11 line-up. Seeing how they're always on top in terms of performance and ATi for technological advances or atleast the ability to support higher versions of DX. In this case 10.1 which only HAWX uses and i've yet to see another as of yet

I have a HD4650 right now, and it works good, if you don't really need or care about going at max res and detail settings (I'm fine with 1280x720), then you can wait for the future low-end 5000 series cards that won't have noise problems and still have enough power to play your games just fine.