XFX HD 5870 Black Edition Vs VaporX Vs HD 5850 Review Benchmark

The ATI vs Nvidia or Red vs Green battle has been played out for over a decade with many tech enthusiasts strongly camped in one corner or the other. Over past years, the graphics giants have traded blows with the pendulum swinging back and forth but the DirectX 11 skirmish would seem to signal a victory for the red corner.

At its launch, ATI’s flagship 5 series card – the Radeon HD 5870 – was duly praised but could never definitely be hailed a success until Nvidia’s response was analysed. Some six months later, the green camp finally had a product fit for launch. The GTX 480 was just that. Unfortunately, whilst performance levels were reasonable, high power consumption, high temperatures, high pricing and a noisy stock cooler ultimately cost Fermi and Nvidia.

So the HD 5870, endorsed by Fermi’s poor showing, is many enthusiasts graphics card of choice and as expected, the ATI vendors are quick to respond releasing factory overclocked and tweaked versions of the flagship card to heighten performance and lower noise levels and running temperatures. Enter the XFX Radeon HD 5870 Black Edition..

GPU Clock MHz
900 MHz
Stream Processors
Bus Type
PCI-E 2.0, PCI-E 2.1
Memory Interface Bus (bit)
256 - 512
Memory Type
Memory Size (MB)
1024 MB
Memory Clock (MHz)
5000 MHz
Microsoft® DirectX® Support
Shader Model Support
Open GL Optimization and Support
Minimum Power Requirement (Watt)
500W with two 6-pin power cable
Cooling Fansink
Dimensions (Imperial)
11 X 4.376 X 1.5, 11.14 x 4.38 x 1.5
Dimensions (Metric)
27.9 X 11 X 3.8, 28.3 x 11.12 x 3.81
Max Resolution Analog
1600 x 1200, 2048 x 1536
Max Resolution Digital
2560 x 1600
ATI Radeon CrossFireX™ Technology
ATI Radeon PowerPlay™
ATI Radeon Stream Technology
ATI Eyefinity Technology

 Benchmarks Tests 
by xsreviews.co.uk

3D Mark Vantage Performance Test:

Crysis Warhead Test:

Temperature Test:

XFX HD 5870 Black Edition Vs VaporX Vs HD 5850 Review Benchmark XFX HD 5870 Black Edition Vs VaporX Vs HD 5850 Review Benchmark Reviewed by Mhr on 14:14 Rating: 5

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