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Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 4GB Toxic Review

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Teh C 11th May 2010, 07:58 Quote
Flashbacks to a GTX260 reviewed some time ago with one of arctic coolings triple fan 12 inch monsters strapped to it.

Still one of the highest performance increases ive seen in a pre-overclocked card compared to stock. Nice job sapphire.
Picarro 11th May 2010, 08:02 Quote
Sapphire seems to know what to do with graphic cards.
line2008 11th May 2010, 08:09 Quote
Graphics Card pr0n! DO WANT!!
sub routine 11th May 2010, 08:41 Quote
wibble wibble....slaver
rickysio 11th May 2010, 08:46 Quote
More limited than the ASUS (infamous) MARS?

Amazing!
JamButty 11th May 2010, 08:53 Quote
Wow, I need one of these! Does anyone want to buy a liver? Kidney maybe? About £900 should do it....
rickysio 11th May 2010, 08:54 Quote
There's one thing I keep finding odd - how in the world is the GTX295 just dominating in DoW2?
stonedsurd 11th May 2010, 08:58 Quote
Shame all that power can't be put to use folding :(
lacuna 11th May 2010, 09:01 Quote
http://xkcd.com/606/

I'll have all that power eventually.
Xir 11th May 2010, 09:18 Quote
Fantastic temperatures!

Makes me wonder why the Arctic Cooling stuff is tested so rarely...:p
AshT 11th May 2010, 09:44 Quote
I will upgrade my GFX card when I can get a minimum frame rate of 60 in Crysis.

Which may mean never!
Phalanx 11th May 2010, 10:13 Quote
This card scares me! Hats off to Sapphire though! I've got their 5970 standard version and love it!
DeadMan 11th May 2010, 10:36 Quote
At almost £1000 the marketing team has their work cut out for them.
MaverickWill 11th May 2010, 10:42 Quote
I hate to say it, but Aria had 2GB 5870 Vapor-X cards for £350. If that offer rolls around again, some of us could "do" this card for £700. Admittedly, the overclocks may vary, but for £200+ saved, I'm a happy man.
scott_chegg 11th May 2010, 10:42 Quote
Sweet but who can justify a grand for a graphics card.
earlydoors 11th May 2010, 10:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by scott_chegg
Sweet but who can justify a grand for a graphics card.
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Sapphire tell us that less than one thousand units will be produced.

That's how many
shaffaaf27 11th May 2010, 11:21 Quote
could we have the clocks lowered to stock 5970, so we can see if the 2GB actually makes a difference vs a 5970? (id assume this only affects 2560, so benches for that?)

also SLI GTX480s cost around this much, could we get benches vs that aswell?
JCBeastie 11th May 2010, 11:27 Quote
No doubt that this is an excellent achievement by Sapphire, but IMO it makes little sense.

While you claim it'll beat a conventional Crossfire setup as it has a healthy overclock I foresee bandwidth issues, especially in more modern games using DX11 and tessalation. The advantage of a traditional 2x 5870 setup is you get a full 16x PCI-E slot to each GPU; whereas with this solution each GPU is recieving 8x each, twinned with the enormous amoun tof memory to fill I think regular Crossfire may scale better at higher resolution/detail.

Final problem is you can buy 2 5870's cheaper than a single 5970, possibly even overclocked models.
rickysio 11th May 2010, 11:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by JCBeastie
No doubt that this is an excellent achievement by Sapphire, but IMO it makes little sense.

While you claim it'll beat a conventional Crossfire setup as it has a healthy overclock I foresee bandwidth issues, especially in more modern games using DX11 and tessalation. The advantage of a traditional 2x 5870 setup is you get a full 16x PCI-E slot to each GPU; whereas with this solution each GPU is recieving 8x each, twinned with the enormous amoun tof memory to fill I think regular Crossfire may scale better at higher resolution/detail.

Final problem is you can buy 2 5870's cheaper than a single 5970, possibly even overclocked models.

It's for the same reason why people set benchmark records.
Omnituens 11th May 2010, 11:41 Quote
Shame it's as ugly as sin.
AshT 11th May 2010, 11:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by shaffaaf27
could we have the clocks lowered to stock 5970, so we can see if the 2GB actually makes a difference vs a 5970? (id assume this only affects 2560, so benches for that?)

also SLI GTX480s cost around this much, could we get benches vs that aswell?

Good call.
JCBeastie 11th May 2010, 11:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
It's for the same reason why people set benchmark records.

Willy wavers card? :P
yanglu 11th May 2010, 11:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Omnituens
Shame it's as ugly as sin.

I'd agree it looks a lot worse than the the reference cards. But imagine 2 of these in crossfire... Hmmm.. :-)
xaser04 11th May 2010, 11:46 Quote
TBH this card is designed for eyefinity in mind.

Would it be possible to review (or update this one) with some benches at 5760*1080 to see how much benefit the extra memory (and overlock) gives at this sort of resolution.
scott_chegg 11th May 2010, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by earlydoors
That's how many

Ahh. Didn't see that bit.
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