Testing Methodology and System Setup
The newest version of GPUZ was able to properly recognize the Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and give us all the information we need including the clock rates of 775 MHz core and 1000 MHz GDDR5 memory speeds. Our testing sample was the 512MB model, not the 1GB version, so we’ll have to see if this adversely affects performance in our test suite. You can also see that the GPU is DX11 and DirectCompute 5.0 capable, though it is also OpenCL capable and that is not checked for some reason. Perhaps because the OpenCL drivers are not installed in this system.
For our comparisons I pitted the new Radeon HD 5670 against some competitive cards from both NVIDIA and AMD. For an apples-to-apples comparison, the HD 5670 goes up against the $99 GeForce GT 240 card also running GDDR5 memory but I also thought it seemed fair to compare it to some older cards that are for sale at much lower prices today than they debuted at. The GeForce 9800 GT and HD 4850 can be both be found for $99 on Newegg.com (as of this writing) and while they won’t be available for long, should be considered for gamers buying TODAY.
Here is our test system setup for the benchmarks:
- Testing Configuration
- ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution X58 + nForce 200
- Intel Core i7-965 @ 3.33 GHz
- 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1333 MHz
- Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD