New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, here is a brief glance at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. All benchmarks were completed on the
desktop with no other software programs running. The Intel Core i7 test
system was run in dual-channel memory mode at 2133MHz with 8-8-8-24
1T memory timings thanks to the Kingston HyperX 2133MHz C8 memory kit. The ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard was run with BIOS 0106 and set to run XMP profiles.  This put the overall clock frequency of the processor at 3.75GHz!

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A Corsair P64 SSD was the ‘boot drive’ for the test system and run on the P55 Chipset (the blue header for SATA-II, 3.0 GB/s performance). A pair of GeForce GTX 295 and Radeon HD 5870 reference graphics cards were used for testing.

Drivers Used For Testing: 

  • CATALYST 9.10
  • CATALYST 8.663.1 Beta
  • Forceware 195.39 Beta
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Intel LGA 1366 Test Platform



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Core i7 870


ASUS P7P55D-E Premium


4GB Kingston HyperX 2133

Video Card

ATI Radeon HD 5870

Hard Drive

Corsair P64 SSD


Thermalright MUX

Power Supply

CoolerMaster UPC 1100W

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Let’s take a look at the benchmarks and see what the new drivers and game patch have to offer!

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