ATI Radeon 5670, 5550 & 5450 Review - Hitting 60fps

Submitted by skipclarke on 28 June, 2010 - 20:43

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While our testing is designed to stress the card as much as possible, we all realize that games have quality settings for a reason. So, beyond seeing where the breaking point is for any individual card, I wanted to provide some insight into what image quality you can expect and get 60fps on a single widescreen. These settings are for the HD 5670. Settings for the HD 5550 would need to be lower. The 5450 would only be able to achieve 30fps in a few select games.

Note, it is simply not possible to hit 60fps in some games at this resolution. In those instances we shot for 30fps.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • 1920x1200: 2xAA - 37fps, 0xAA - 58fps
  • 1680x1050: 2xAA - 46fps, 0xAA - 73fps

Battle Forge
Turn everything down to Medium. Turn off SSAO. Turn off Cloud Shadows. Set 2xAA.

  • 1920x1200 - 31fps
  • 1680x1050 - 37fps

Turn everything down to Low, except Shadow Quality at Medium. Turn off SSAO. Turn off Cloud Shadows and Glow.

  • 1920x1200 - 58fps
  • 1680x1050 - 64fps

Dirt 2
Everything from Ultra to High, down to 2xAA. Post Process & Veh Reflections to Med

  • 1920x1200 - 30fps
  • 1680x1050 - 34fps

Everything to Low

  • 1920x1200 - 57fps
  • 1680x1050 - 61fps

Far Cry 2 - Far Cry hits 30fps at max settings. A variety of quality and AA settings will give the user 60fps.

GTA IV - You can hit 30fps with everything set to Medium. Performance never moves about that mark.

HAWX - Turn down DX10 items to Low. Leaves 2xAA and all "Advanced" items to High or On.

  • 1920x1200 - 59
  • 1680x1050 - 69

Heaven Demo - Even with significantly reduced settings, the benchmark will not reach 30fps. Only the DX9 variation comes close at low single-screen resolutions.

Half-Life 2

Widescreen - Both cards hit the 60fps goal in widescreen.
Eyefinity - The 5670 averages 30fps in Eyefinity across the two tests.

STALKER - It is not possible to hit 60fps with STALKER. I could hit 30fps with these settings: Medium, DX10, HDAO Low, Tessellation Off

  • 1920x1200 - 33, 33, 35, 22
  • 1680x1050 - 38, 39, 42, 26