But will it run Crysis?
Although we've had a bit of a tough time finding games that will really push the limits of the Radeon HD 5870, this game engine is certain to do it. In a true test of GPU power, we turned up all of the quality settings in Warhead to the highest settings using the cheesily-named "Enthusiast" presets. The game looks absolutely gorgeous at these settings, but few video cards will run it smoothly. In fact, we chose to test at 1920x1200 rather than 2560x1600 because it appears at least some of the cards have serious trouble at the higher resolution, almost as if they were running out of video RAM. Anyhow, this is a pretty brutal test, tough enough to challenge even our fastest multi-GPU setups.
For this game, we tested each GPU config in five 60-second sessions, covering the same portion of the game each time. We've then reported the median average and minimum frame rates from those five runs.
Told you this would be a tough test. The 5870's performance once again mirrors that of the Radeon HD 4870 X2. However, as you can see, the 5870 experienced a couple of odd performance dips in CrossFire mode at certain points during our session. This problem occurred in multiple sessions and had a real impact on playability, unfortunately. I expect AMD has some driver work to do on this front.
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