ATi Radeon 5770 Reloaded

Introduction

When the Radeon 5770 launched I wrote several articles about it:

It has now been over a year since those articles were published, so I thought it would be interesting to revisit the 5770 to see the effect of driver updates during this period. I’m going to compare the drivers that shipped with the product at launch against the latest Catalyst 10.12.

Some of the settings used in this article are a little tough for the card, but the results will be used in future articles very soon, so I wanted to make sure the faster cards are challenged too.

Hardware

  • Intel Core i7 870 (3.2 GHz, turbo on, HT off).
  • 4 GB DDR3-1333 RAM (2×2 GB, dual-channel).
  • Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3 (Intel P55 chipset, F6 BIOS).
  • ATi Radeon 5770 (1 GB, reference clocks).
  • Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic.
  • 30” HP LP3065.

Software

  • Windows 7 (64 bit).
  • Catalyst 9.10 (CD driver) & 10.12, high quality mip-mapping.
  • DirectX June 2010.
  • All games patched to their latest versions.

Settings

  • 16xAF forced in the driver, vsync forced off in the driver.
  • AA forced either through the driver or enabled in-game, whichever works better.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • All results show an average framerate.


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