Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5970 Review
Radeon HD 5970 Features
On the last pages we looked at the 5970 hardware configuration, now it is time to take a look at the features that consumers will use on a daily basis.
Shader Model 5
In a gaming scenario the system is able to better use multiple cores on CPUs to enhance Physics and AI but visual improvements are also present. One example is Order Independent Transparency. Using ATI’s Mesh demo as an example, the traditional Alpha Blending and sorting performed when rendering the item requires multiple passes, 64 in this case. When DirectCompute 11 is applied the operation can be completed in a single pass with perfect results.
The same theory can be applied to Smoke, fire, hair, foliage, fences and grates and so this feature has the potential to be heavily used in future games.
New anisotropic filtering algorithm and render back end.
For those interested in the display quality of the ATI card, here is a scene from World in Conflict Soviet Assault which was captured at 2560×1600 with 4x anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filtering and maximum ingame detail.
In addition to this Blu-Ray playback with Windows Aero enabled has been implemented in Windows 7.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.
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