WS and WTH benchmarks on HD 5870 at WSGF
The Widescreen Gaming Forum has published benchmarks of extreme widescreen resolutions tested in Far Cry 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
With the Radeon HD 5000 series AMD introduced a new multi display technology called Ati Eyefinity that allows you to play games at resolutions that exceed the common settings. Since that is one of the core themes of the Widescreen Gaming Forum it's not surprising that they dealt with Eyefinity and ran appropriate benchmarks.
Irbin, founder and head of the Widescreen Gaming Forum, used a quite a powerful rig for the benchmarks. The system is based on an X58 motherboard carrying a Core i7-920 running at 2.67 GHz and 12 GiByte RAM. In the tests several Geforce setups and the Radeon HD 5870 had to show what performance they are capable of in Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and Far Cry 2. Since the current Nvidia graphics cards don't natively support the same surround resolutions as Ati's next gen cards, a TripleHead2Go from Matrox was used to attach three displays and run the games at up to 5040 x 1050 pixels. Due to Ati Eyefinity the Radeon HD 5000 series does not require the extra device and works with up to three displays - one of the monitors has to be linked via the DisplayPort though. By attaching three 24 inch monitors with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 each, the Radeon HD 5870 is able to go even further and thus delivers results for 5760 x 1200.
Besides the "ordinary” benchmarks Irbin also checked how anti-aliasing affects the performance of the individual graphics cards. Thus each card had to run Far Cry 2 at 5040 x 1050 pixels with different quality and AA settings, ranging from 0x AA (off) up to 8x AA.
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