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by Rob Williams on December 7, 2009 in AMD-Based GPU

Want to purchase a Radeon HD 5870, but can’t find one in stock? One alternative to consider is instead purchasing two Radeon HD 5770’s to take advantage of CrossFireX. Not only does this solution save you up to $80 at current pricing, but it proved in our results to offer even better performance in select titles, such as with Modern Warfare 2.

Grand Theft Auto: IV

If you look up the definition for “controversy”, Grand Theft Auto should be listed. If it’s not, then that should be a crime, because throughout GTA’s many titles, there’s been more of that than you can shake your fist at. At the series’ beginning, the games were rather simple, and didn’t stir up too much passion in certain opposers. But once GTA III and its successors came along, its developers enjoyed all the controversy that came their way, and why not? It helped spur incredible sales numbers.

Grand Theft Auto IV is yet another continuation in the series, though it follows no storyline from the previous titles. Liberty City, loosely based off of New York City, is absolutely huge, with much to explore. This is so much so the case, that you could literally spend hours just wandering around, ignoring the game’s missions, if you wanted to. It also happens to be incredibly stressful on today’s computer hardware, similar to Crysis.

Manual Run-through: After the first minor mission in the game, you reach an apartment. Our benchmarking run starts from within this room. From here, we run out the door, down the stairs and into an awaiting car. We then follow a specific path through the city, driving for about three minutes total.

We’re back to seeing the CrossFireX configuration take the top spot, and this is one instance where I didn’t expect things to go well. Grand Theft Auto IV is a true beast of a game, and finicky at best, so I was impressed to see it handle multi-GPU scaling so well. Great results overall.

Graphics Card
Best Playable
Min FPS
Avg. FPS
ATI HD 5770 1GB CrossFireX

2560×1600, H/H/VH/H/VH Detail
30
51.813
NVIDIA GTX 295 1792MB (Reference)
2560×1600, H/H/VH/H/VH Detail
27
52.590
ATI HD 5870 1GB (Reference)
2560×1600, H/H/VH/H/VH Detail
29
45.767
NVIDIA GTX 260 896MB (GBT SOC)
2560×1600 – High Detail
30
46.122
NVIDIA GTX 285 1GB (EVGA)
2560×1600 – High Detail
32
45.573
NVIDIA GTX 275 896MB (Reference)
2560×1600 – High Detail
30
44.703
NVIDIA GTX 260 896MB (XFX)
2560×1600 – High Detail
24
38.492
ATI HD 5850 1GB (ASUS)
1920×1080 – High Detail
27
42.102
ATI HD 4890 1GB (Sapphire)
1920×1080 – High Detail
32
50.300
NVIDIA GTX 250 1GB (EVGA)
1920×1080 – High Detail
34
49.443
ATI HD 4870 1GB (Reference)
1920×1080 – High Detail
33
48.738
ATI HD 5770 1GB (Reference)
1920×1080 – High Detail
33
47.719
ATI HD 5750 1GB (Sapphire)
1920×1080 – High Detail
27
39.904

Thanks to its great performance, the CrossFireX HD 5770’s joined the ranks of the HD 5870 and NVIDIA’s GTX 295 and could handle the game at slightly higher details than our normally-benchmarked configurations.


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