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ATI Radeon HD 5870 Summary

So, the classic single-chip architecture has returned with new capabilities and new level of performance, making the Radeon HD 4870 X2 obsolete. Nvidia finds itself lagging behind once again. ATI Radeon HD 5870 is undoubtedly the best single-chip gaming graphics card today. It is as fast as dual-chip solutions of the previous generation but is free from their drawbacks. It also supports the new industry standards DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11. Moreover, AMD will evidently not stop there and following their strategy will eventually announce a really monstrous Radeon HD 5870 X2 which performance we will only be able to estimate when we get a second sample of Radeon HD 5870.

Highs:

  • The highest performance among single-processor graphics cards;
  • In most cases outperforms Radeon HD 4870;
  • In some cases outperforms GeForce GTX 295;
  • Doesn’t depend on software multi-GPU support
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;
  • Best anisotropic filtering in the industry;
  • Supports up to three monitors;
  • 1024 MB of fast GDDR5 local video memory onboard;
  • 1600 ALU, 80 texture processors and 32 raster processors;
  • DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute 11 support;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;
  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;
  • Integrated sound core with HD support;
  • Sound over HDMI;
  • Low power consumption;
  • Low noise.

 Lows:

  • Large size.
 
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