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Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate Edition Review

HQV Benchmark 2.0 is an updated version of the original tool and it consists of various video clips and test patterns which are designed to evalute motion correction, de-interlacing, decoding, noise reduction, detail enhancement and film cadence detection.

There are two versions of the program, standard definition on DVD and high definition on Bluray. As our audience will be concentrating on HD content so will we.

This has a total of 39 video tests which is increased from 23 in the original and the scoring is also up from a total of 130 to 210. As hardware and software gets more complicated, the software has been tuned to make sure we can thoroughly maximise our analysis.

 
Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate (Discrete)
NV G210 (Discrete)
NV G220 (Discrete)
Dial
4
0
2
Dial with static pattern 5 5 5
Gray Bars 5 0 2
Violin 5 0 3
Stadium 2:2 5 0 0
Stadium 3:2 5 0 3
Horizontal Text Scroll 5 3 3
Vertical Text Scroll 5 5 5
Transistion to 3:2 Lock 5 0 0
Transition to 2:2 Lock 0 0 0
2:2:2:4 24 FPS DVCAM Video
5 0 0
2:3:3:2 24 FPS DVCam Video
5 0 0
3:2:3:2:2 24 FOS Vari-Speed
5 0 3
5:5 FPS Animation
5 0 0
6:4 12 FPS Animation
5 0 0
8:7 8 FPS Animation
5 0 0
Interlace Chroma Problem (ICP)
5 0 2
Chroma Upsampling Error (CUE)
5 0 5
Random Noise: Sailboat
5 5 5
Random Noise: Flower
5 5 5
Random Noise: Sunrise
5 5 5
Random Noise: Harbour Night
5 5 5
Scrolling Text
3 0 0
Roller Coaster
3 0 3
Ferris Wheel
3 0 3
Bridge Traffic
3 0 3
Text Pattern/ Scrolling Text
3 3 3
Roller Coaster
3 3 3
Ferris Wheel
3 3 3
Bridge Traffic
3 3 3
Luminance Frequency Bands
5 2 2
Chrominance Frequency Bands
5 2 2
Vanishing Text 5 5 5
Resolution Enhancement
15 15 15
Theme Park
5 2 5
Driftwood 2 5 5
Ferris Wheel
3 3 3
Skin Tones
7 3 3
Total 175 82 114

As a media card, the Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate is vastly superior to the nVidia solutions which are findings we discussed at length in our recent HQV 2.0 Benchmark analysis. We are sure that nVidia will redress this situation over the coming months with new driver revisions, however right now as it stands we simply have to recommend the Sapphire HD5670 with the Catalyst 10.6 pairing.

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