Performance in Simulators
Need for Speed: Shift
The Radeon HD 5870 has no rivals in the new game from the Need for Speed series. It enjoys a huge lead at every resolution including 2560x1600. This may be due to the driver, but it is also clear that the game does not run well on multi-GPU solutions as you can see by comparing the results of the GeForce GTX 295 and GTX 285 as well as of the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and HD 4890. Being a classic single-chip solution, the Radeon HD 5870 does not care about that and turns in an indisputable win.
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We use the in-game benchmarking tools that do not allow to measure the bottom frame rate. We also enable DirectX 10.1 support for ATI’s solutions.
The game is incompatible with Adaptive AA algorithms utilized by AMD’s solutions and their performance plummets when this antialiasing option is turned on. However, we can see that the Radeon HD 5870 is almost as fast as its dual-chip predecessor.