KitGuru believes that people looking to purchase the 5770 as a graphics card will not be using them with 30″ monitors. We are also confident that owners of 30″ monitors would more often then not go with a high end card like the GTX 480 or the HD 5870/5970 cards. That is why the system we are using today would classify as main stream making a similar system both a logical and affordable choice for our readers.
None of the parts are top of the line and obviously would not touch a system with an overclocked 4 GHz 6 core processor and a couple HD5870’s. It is however more then capable of gaming comfortably at resolutions of 1680×1050 or 1920×1080 on a LCD display between 20″ to 24″ as we will demonstrate here today.
HIS 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1 GB PCI Express 2.1
AMD Athlon II 255 3.1 GHz AM3 CPU
Samsung 245BW 24″ LCD
4GB G-Skill DDR III 1600 MHz
WD Black 640 GB Sata II 32MB cache
Corsair HX850 watt modular PSU
LG 16x DVDRW
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Edition
Ungine Heaven 2.1 (DX 11)
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Alien V Predator
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Left 4 Dead 2
All the latest bios updates and drivers are used during testing. We perform under real world conditions, meaning KitGuru test all games across five closely matched runs and average out the results to get an accurate median figure.
Our minimum frame rate game graphs have three main zones. These are sampled over a specific 30 interval period of time and then mapped into a chart. These are handy reference guides to detail worst case performance of the product being reviewed. When we test video cards we try to find the best combination of resolution and image quality settings while still maintaining playable frame rates.
Over 30fps is the zone most people want at all times, this means perfectly smooth frame rates with no hitching.
Between 30fps and 25fps is the KitGuru ‘Playable’ zone, although some people might notice occasional stuttering in specific scenes.
Under 25fps is classed as the KitGuru ‘Danger Zone’ which means that the game experience will be less than impressive. Settings and/or resolution would need lowered to help smooth out the frame rate.