This graphics card is simply amazing. I have this card installed in my newest computer and it plows through any obstacle Ive put in its path. I have this card installed along side a intel i7 and 6gb of DDR3 1033mhz ram. with that combination of hardware i have yet to have any problems with playing new games on their highest settings. Crysis is like a walk in the park on the highest settings along with Final Fantasy 14 and Dead Space 2. I haven't personally run any frame rate tests with the card for these games but from the looks of it the games all play at at least 45 frames per second. Even when there is a lot of action this card doesn't just chug along, it powers through and keeps the game going smoothly. Crysis is one of the games that is known to be extremely hard on graphic cards. So this card being able to run it very well definitely gives this card some merit. I didn't notice any times when the game became slow or the frame rate became jagged. Final Fantasy 14 is an absolutely beautiful and incredibly graphically intense game, and this card just displays everything flawlessly. I played Final Fantasy 14 on an older Nvidia 8800 GT card and it couldn't handle the highest settings of the game. On the highest settings the Nvidia card would get swamped down even in areas with not much going on. I must say that the only negative thing i can say about this card is the price tag. £202 is definitely on the expensive side, but its worth it if you want a card that has no problem playing games on high setting and that will last for years to come as new more graphically intense games are produced.
I have been wanting to get this card for some time before delving deep into my pockets and mustering the courage to buy from Amazon. Boy what a beast this is. First of all this isn't your average or mid range card, nor is it a performance card, this card is basically for the diehard gamer who needs to push the boundaries of any and every concurrent game the market has. And does it deliver indeed, it packs quite the punch. It is quite chunky as it has a dual slot cooling solutin. It is also a hungry animal and requires quite a beefy powersupply to keep it going (atleast 900 watt rated PSU I would reckon). A few centimres longer too. But you can forgive its extra large dimensions because if you have an open case like I do, you can appreciate its beauty. The card looks magnificent when inside a red case because the sticker is also red. Powercolor are relatively new when it comes to graphics cards because they used to trade in a different name, but I can say for certain they know how to please their customer base. Theres lots of extras inside the box; from the latest drivers, extra software, stickers and a personalised warranty card. Going back to the card itself well its a behemoth on all fronts. 1GB memory just eats through high resolution textures. Even running maximim AA and AF on games like Battlefield Bad Company 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 the card still pumps out nearly triple figures. On average it does 90 frames per second which is immense considering the high quality anti aliasing and anisotropic filtering applied. The great thing about ATIs 5xxx series is the thermal signature left behind after heavy gaming. Long gaming sessions do not produce as much heat as one would expect from a high end card. The HD5870 outputs around 70 odd degrees after long hours of non stop gaming; no other high performance card probably could boast of this. I won't bother with the usual colour, contrast and whatnot because this card can handle everything you throw at it and more. If that wasn't enough it can also output audio through its HDMI port and driver installation. If you aren't satisfied with the performance Powercolor includes a nice little Crossfire bridge so you can put two of these together and create a whole new monster. Be careful if you do decide to do that it will cost you as much as building a new computer and will require a PSU that can feed enough power otherwise expect system crashes. Costs an arm and a leg but if you want monster performance I suppose that is a cost that you would be willing to pay.
TeraScale 2 unified processing architecture
PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
DirectX 11 support
OpenGL 3.2 support
Image quality enhancement technology
ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology
ATI Stream acceleration technology
ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology
ATI Avivo HD Video and Display technology
ATI PowerPlay power management technology