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Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Gigabyte's GVR587SO-1GD videocard increases the Radeon HD 5870's core clockspeed to 950MHz, the effective frequency of its GDDR5 memory to 5GHz. This beauty of a videocard uses a custom dual-fan heatsink design for better cooling and takes advantage of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA+ manufacturing techniques.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte May 27 2010   Julian Apong  
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GPGPU Videocard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009

SiSoft Sandra 2009 - GPGPU Processing Source: Sandra

Sisoft's Sandra's GPGPU (general purpose graphics processing unit) benchmark analyzes the ability of the GPU to perform Mandelbrot equations to generate fractals. These same types of equations are used in tasks like image processing, video encoding and scientific simulations, giving an index of how well a GPU can perform in this test.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 ver 15.72 - GPGPU Processing
Native Float Shaders: (Mpixel/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 1000
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 744.74
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 744.35
Native Double Shaders: (Mpixel/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 556.2
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 398.71
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 151.8

The Gigabyte GVR587SO-1GD videocard has what it takes to make it as a GPGPU device, with better scores overall for both its floating-point shader performance and its double precision shaders performance as well. Given that this is some very new technology its likely that NVIDIA's lack of performance here is due to a less than optimal test configuration, rather than a failure of its CUDA technology.

SiSoft Sandra 2009 - GPGPU Memory Bandwidth Source: Sandra

The second part of Sisoft's Sandra's GPGPU measures the videocard's memory bandwidth, which will directly affect the overall performance of GPGPU applications.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 ver 15.72 - GPGPU Memory Bandwidth
Internal Memory Bandwidth: (GB/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 111
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 87.63
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 114
Data Transfer Bandwidth: (GB/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD 4.73
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCu Top/2DIS/1GD5 4.72
ASUS ENGTX480 2DI/1536MD5 5

The numbers here are much more in favor of the Geforce GTX 480, which edges out the Gigabyte GVR587SO-1GD's overclocked memory performance. The Gigabyte GVR587SO-1GD has faster GDDR5 memory (5GHz vs. 3.7GHz), but a narrower memory bus interface (256-bit vs. 384-bit), which tips the scales in NVIDIA's favor.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Special Memory, NEC Capacitors and Voltage Read Points
 Pg 3.  Quad Heatpipe dual-fan heatsink design
 Pg 4.  Eye of the Tiger: ATI Radeon RV870 Cypress GPU
 Pg 5.  Videocard Overclocking Report
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs: Radeon HD 5870 vs Geforce GTX 480
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 11.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 12.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 13.  DX11/DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER
 Pg 14.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 15.  — GPGPU Videocard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 16.  Heavyweight VGA Champion of the World

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