XFX HD 5970 Black Edition Video Card Review :: Test Setup and Software

12-16-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

When looking at performance of a video card of the last few years Crysis is one of the benchmarks by which everyone goes “Does it get xx fps in Crysis maxed?” I decided to add the Crysis Warhead benchmark to our suite. The second game I added was the Dirt2 benchmark. This is the first true DX11 game on the market with a DX9 and a DX11 mode. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 completes our new benchmark suite giving a wide variety of the latest games. Due to time restraints I only have three cards tested on the new platform and more will be added later.

Test System

  • Core i7 920 CPU running 2.66GHz standard
  • Intel DX58SO motherboard running latest drivers and BIOS
  • XFX RADEON HD 5970 card running Hemlock beta drivers at 725MHz core, 1000MHz memory
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs running in RAID 0 mode
  • 3GB Kingston KHK1600 DDR3-1600MHz memory running at 1333MHz (Maximum memory supported by Core i7 920 CPU)
  • LG 16X DVD-RW drive
  • Windows 7
  • Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU Cooler
  • Cooler Master Ultimate 1000W PSU


  • BattleForge DirectX 10.0/11 (only on ATI 58xx cards)
  • HAWX DX 10.0/10.1 (on ATI cards)
  • Batman Arkham Asylum DX 10
  • Resident Evil 5 DX10
  • 3DMark06
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Custom FRAPS benchmark
  • Dirt2 benchmark
  • Crysis Warhead FRAPs benchmark