The mainstream hill has a new king. Or two.
Our testbed is the usual, Intel Core i7 965 EE with 3GB Corsair XMS3-1333 RAM on the ASUS II Rampage Extreme Motherboard, Corsair HX1000W PSU and Kingston 64GB SSDnow (V Series). Drivers used were the latest Catalyst 10.10 for the new cards. In addition to the ASUS Matrix5870 and MSI N480GTX Lightning, we’ll also be comparing the Zotac GTX 460 1GB.
Here the R6870 sticks close to the heels of the Matrix5870 and the N480GTX. Keep in mind the price difference between these two cards and the performance gap between them and the R6870 looks even more incredulous. The R6850 holds it’s own against the GTX 460 by a significant margin.