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Performance

Premium/High-End Category

Even with FSAA turned off, we can only get an acceptable frame rate across all the resolutions form the monstrous Radeon HD 5970 which is well known for its high power consumption and steep price. The more affordable Radeon HD 5870 is good up to the resolution of 1920x1200, so it is going to feel even more comfortable in computers with Full-HD monitors (1920x1080). We’d call the Radeon HD 5870 the ideal choice for playing Metro 2033.

Nvidia’s solutions are less successful in comparison with their opponents even though we disabled the DirectX 11 options for the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series. The dual-processor GeForce GTX 295, while successfully competing with the Radeon HD 5870 in average performance, can hardly deliver a playable bottom speed at 1680x1050. The GeForce GTX 285 can cope with this game at the highest graphics quality settings only at the resolution of 1280x1024.

So, the Radeon HD 5870 seems to be the optimal choice in the premium category. Its senior cousin Radeon HD 5970 is rather too expensive, hot and voracious (but you may prefer it if you want the highest performance possible today).Unfortunately, there is no good news in this sector for Nvidia’s fans.

 
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