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Asus EAH5870 v2 Review

Geekspeak411    -   June 27, 2010
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Testing:

Testing the EAH5870 V2, I will run the card through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors in order to gauge its performance. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where PhysX is disabled in the NVIDIA control panel when applicable. I will test the card at stock speeds and then overclocked to see how much additional performance is available and to determine if it can run with or faster than the current fastest single GPU cards on the market. Of course, all settings are left at defaults in the control panels of each respective manufacturer except where noted. The drivers used in this test will be the 10.4 Catalyst drivers for ATI and 197.45 Forceware drivers from Nvidia. I really want to see just how fast this card can fly!

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Asus EAH5870 v2 1035/1275Mhz

Phew! Just as I had hoped, this new revision of the 5870 puts out quite a show! The cooling performed comparably to Saphire's Vapor-X cooling system keeping the GPU chilly at around 53 degrees Celsius under full load with the fan at 100% and didn't go over 72 degrees when the drivers controlled the card, even then I had difficulty hearing the card. Once I started pushing the card I was able to slide up to 990MHz stable with temperatures around 65 degrees. Even with that, I would consider this card to be a good overclocker, but where the v2 is special, is with the voltage tweak ability. Once I pushed that into effect, I bumped the voltage on the core to 1.349v and was able to get the card up to 1035MHz on the GPU and 1275MHz on the DRAM. Yes, a 5870 just hit over 1GHz stable, and only around 70 degrees! I expect some pretty awesome performance jumps in the OCC Benchmarks.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each card has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using MSI's Kombuster utility. So far, my testing has shown that higher clock speeds may be stable in games where GPU usage does not reach 100%, but will crash within a few minutes using this utility. The reported clock speeds are those that proved stable over a 15 minute test at 1920x1200 8x AA.

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  5. Darkest of Days
  6. Bioshock 2
  7. Just Cause 2
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  10. Resident Evil 5
  11. 3DMark 06 Professional
  12. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Bioshock 2
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Testing: Temperature
  18. Testing: Power Consumption
  19. Conclusion
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