Testing – Futuremark
Not having the capability to demonstrate Eyefinity, I went straight into testing with Futuremark 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, and PC Mark Vantage. I really didn’t have another mainstream or low end gaming video card available for a fair comparison, so I used the numbers from my review of Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4670. It was run on a Core 2 Duo system that I feel is pretty similar to the performance of the Phenom II X3, maybe a little higher, so keep in mind that though we aren’t quite dealing apples for apples, the numbers should not be too far off.
The new HD 5670 is supposed to have approximately 23% more video power than the earlier HD 4670. We’ll see how that bears out.
Looking at the 3DMark scores, the HD 5670 shows a 35% increase in 3DMark06 and a 51% increase in 3DMark Vantage. In PCMark Vantage, the graphics score is not weighed as heavily as the rest of the system, so the HD 5670 only shows a 9% increase, which is significant in that benchmark, considering the earlier test system is probably slightly more powerful than the current one.
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