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XFX HD 5570 Review

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Testing of the XFX HD 5570 will consist of running the card through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where it falls on the performance ladder. 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 will be disabled in the NVIDIA control panel. I will test the card at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see how much additional performance is available and to determine if it can run with the current fastest single GPU cards on the market.  The drivers used in this test will be the 10.5 Catalyst drivers for ATI and 197.45 Forceware drivers from NVIDIA. Tests will be conducted at both stock and overclocked settings to gauge performance when an increase in clock speed is applied.



Comparison Boards:



When overclocking, most graphics cards can easily surpass the core and memory clock speed limitations found in ATI's Catalyst Control Panel. This makes the CCC a rather weak overclocking tool that is mainly used by those looking for the easiest way to gain a few frames-per-second, but it's not designed to push a card to it limits. To really overclock the the HD 5570, I turned to AMD GPU ClockTool which is free of such limitations. Since I know the CCC clocks were stable, I started with those speeds and moved up by 10MHz on both the GPU core and memory. I did not stop until after a successful 15 minute run though of FurMark. The end result achieve by the XFX 5570 had the core running at 769MHz and the memory at 625MHz. This is a decent overclock for both the core and DDR2 memory and should improve the overall performance of the graphics card.





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. Wattage

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