AMD's Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Reviewedby Anand Lal Shimpi on March 31, 2010 12:01 AM EST
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2GB vs. 1GB: Does it Matter?
AMD equipped the Eyefinity Edition cards with 2GB of GDDR5 to deal with the increased memory requirements that come with pushing 2x the pixels of a standard 5870. But does the added memory improve performance in single-monitor scenarios?
We ran through our standard GPU test suite (the same suite from the GTX 480 review) with our Eyefinity 6 Edition card and found that there's no performance advantage to having a 2GB frame buffer at 2560 x 1600 or below.
Performance did improve in our Crysis Warhead benchmark, but only in minimum frame rate. There we saw a 40% improvement in minimum frame rates at 2560 x 1600, but not often enough to really increase the average. The rest of our benchmarks don't produce repeatable enough minimum frame rates for us to draw any meaningful conclusions.
For single monitor users, I'm not sure that the 2GB frame buffer is worth it for today's games.