XFX 5870 XXX Review

First Person Shooters

XFX 5870 XXX

First Person Shooters

For some among you this is the only genre that matters. Whether it's taking on the world alone in single-player, or grabbing your mates and teaming up you be top of the leaderboard, first-person shooters have been popular since the Quake days and been the primary driving force in improving our eye-candy.

Just Cause 2XFX 5870 XXX Just   Cause

Just Cause 2 is the latest "sandbox" style game that is best described as a melding of Mercenaries, Far Cry and Grand Theft Auto. Nothing bad about any of those. Graphically it really is a treat for the eyes and thankfully, unlike the game at the bottom of this page, actually plays well too.

The game comes with three built in benchmarks that test the different aspects of the engine from the dark, sparky, destruction of the test we ran today, through a Far Cry 2-esque desert environment to some of the most sumptuous day-to-night cycles we've ever seen.

Proof oh how far the graphics are pushing is that only in our overclock test do we pass 60FPS and then only barely. Thankfully the game itself isn't as power hungry, but still the 5870 XXX doesn't have difficulties.



Modern Warfare 2XFX 5870 XXX   Modern Warfare 2

What would be a first-person test without our next two games. Firstly the ever popular Modern Warfare series from Infinity Ward.

We love this for three big reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, the single-player experience is enjoyable. Too many companies make multi-player-centric games that aren't much fun for those of us who have enough shouty teenagers in our lives already. Secondly the multi-player is fantastic with busy servers and lots of game types to play with.

Finally it looks damn good but doesn't need a monolith to power it. Because of this the 5870 XXX laughs it off like a polar bear laughs off a kitten. There is nothing that Modern Warfare 2 can do the XXX can't make mincemeat of.



Crysis WarheadXFX 5870 XXX   Crysis Warhead Enthusiast

Everyone knows how much I loathe this game, but thankfully the HD5870 XXX has given me plenty to talk about without reiterating the same old guff.

Normally we run Warhead on Gamer settings without anti-aliasing because the boys at Crytek did such a poor optimising job anything else causes the system to become a slide show.

Not with the XFX it doesn't. Both our stock and overclocked tests gave us over 60 FPS. A massive achievement. Even if we allow for the Cat 10.3s giving a little performance boost, it's still a stunning result. In fact it's so stunning we're going to run the Enthusiast mode.



Having got a jaw-dropping result from the Gamer test, we had to crank up the eye-candy to Enthusiast and add some AA. Even with so much glorious shiny detail we still got around 40FPS average, which is more than enough for Warhead to be a smooth experience. Much more than the gaudy numbers of MW2, this is the test that really makes our eyes widen with delight.

Time to go round and round in circles.

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Most Recent Comments

05-04-2010, 17:43:20

Yet another Great Review Tom

What better way to spend a Holiday than testing an XFX 5870?

I know I'd rather be doing that than being stuck here at work selling car parts.


05-04-2010, 19:42:20

Hello Tom

Im just abit curious here, coz as far as i understand u can run a Xfire setup involving a 5870 + 5850 so i was wondering if u would make such review and/or for instance also one including maybe a 5970 + 5870 to see how well this would scale in price/performance.


05-04-2010, 20:35:08

Originally Posted by name='AMD_PBz'
Yet another Great Review Tom
*VB wonders why we have our names at the top of the article*Quote

05-04-2010, 21:15:00

Hey VB

Maybe u would be so kind to answer my question if possible.....

Can u run a Xfire setup with a 5870 and a 5850 and if so, do u have any experience with the performance?


06-04-2010, 05:22:22

Next time use the flashing font and larger type face vb Quote

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