GIGABYTE HD 5870 Super Overclock Edition Review

Say hello to GIGABYTE’s new HD 5870 Super Overclock Edition video card that packs a stock 950MHz core frequency and a stock 5GHz memory frequency to give you the best performance in your games. This is Gigabyte's first foray into a heavily overclocked HD 5870. So how does it stand up to the GTX 480 at the same price?

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a Gigabyte EX58-UD5 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 920 Overclocked at 3.6GHz, and 6GB of Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator DDR3.

While it might be "overkill," we use the Core i7-920 processor at 3.6GHz in an attempt to prevent our evaluation from being CPU limited. Obviously, we make every effort to not use CPU limited games for video card evaluations, but the i7-920 at 3.6GHz seems to put many peoples’ minds at ease when it comes to that subject.

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For all NVIDIA GPU based video cards we are using 197.75 WHQL. For all AMD GPU based video cards we are using Catalyst 10.5 WHQL.

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