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Sapphire HD 5570 1GB Review

jlqrb    -   February 8, 2010
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Testing:

To test the performance of the Sapphire HD 5570, I will put it though a series of games and benchmarking programs designed to push the card to its limits. For the gaming results, I will do multiple runs of our gaming testbed at 1280 x 1024, 1680 x 1050, and 1920 x 1200 and average the results at each resolution to get the most accurate FPS. For the benchmarking programs, I will use both 3DMark06 and 3DMarkVantage, which are both extremely demanding programs that will test the DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 3D gaming capabilities of the graphics card. One note, though all of the comparison cards were originally tested on an Intel platform and have been retested on the AMD test platform, so the numbers will vary from the comparison reviews. These cards were tested with the latest drivers from both Nvidia and ATI.

 

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

To overclock the HD 5570 graphics card, I first started with ATI's Catalyst Control Center, but the preset max of 700MHz for the core and 950MHz for the memory was too limiting, so I quickly switched to AMD GPU Clock Tool. With this GPU overclocking tool there is not a limit like there is in Catalyst Control Center, so I was able to overclock the card until my system either started having errors or crashed. In this case there was no crash, but I did start to get errors, these errors occurred as red pixels throughout my screen while gaming.  This happened at speeds around 920MHz on the core and anything over 1125MHz on the memory. After I found the max for my card I reduced the core frequencies to 900MHz and the memory to 1100MHz, which ran all the games and benchmarks with no errors. While overclocking I continually checked the graphics cards temperatures by using the Catalyst Control Center and even at the maxed overclock speeds, the card ran at idle temperatures of 38c and a load temperature of 55c, which is extremely low.

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000 DOW II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look: (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look: (Catalyst Control Panel)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War II
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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