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XFX Radeon HD 5870 Black Edition Graphics Card Review

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Star*Dagger 17th June 2010, 22:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Kind of surprised that nVidia hasn't gone into making gpus for toasters, considering their 2nd place showing in the last two years.

Plus they are as hot as toasters. nVidia's last big thing was the 8800gtx, THAT was worth talking about, everything since has been 2nd place.
Once the 4870x2 came out ATI has ruled the Gamer realms. With the 5970 (and the 5800 series in general) only a fool would be using nVidia now.
I do hope nVidia will come out with something competitive in the next year or so, with only two companies making serious gamer cards, having one company in the lead for so long is not healthy. We shall see!
_Metal_Guitar_ 17th June 2010, 22:53 Quote
Guess I'm a fool then. Hell, even I think I'm crazy for wanting a GTX 480...but then someones got too, or you'll all have to pay through the roof for your ATI goodies.

Plus with Nvidias underhanded ways, locking things out from ATI and such...getting green is the only way of getting everything.
Pete J 17th June 2010, 22:59 Quote
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...only a fool would be using nVidia now.
Oh Rly?
javaman 18th June 2010, 00:37 Quote
For the minimal gains, I don't think overclocking the GPU is worth it. Maybe if it pushes low mins to a playable level it is worth it thoive honestly never been in that situation. Roll on the GTX460's tho. Supposedly they'll be overclocking monsters. We can only dream!
Farfalho 18th June 2010, 00:44 Quote
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"XFX claiming Black Edition cards to be its ‘Family Jewels’ - a marketing claim that made us slightly hesitant when it came to opening the box. Fortunately, the box contained no genitalia but it did house a graphics card."

I Loled.

I'll have the Sapphire OC'ed version anytime! Albeit its price tag, it's the gpu to go =D
_Metal_Guitar_ 18th June 2010, 08:07 Quote
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I'll have the Sapphire OC'ed version anytime! Albeit its price tag, it's the gpu to go =D

The Toxic is the one thing that may sway my mind from a 480.
andrew8200m 18th June 2010, 08:22 Quote
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The Toxic is the one thing that may sway my mind from a 480.

5870 2gb MATRIX... a card that allows voltage tweaking AND memory timing tweaking... its an absolute god send!


Andy
_Metal_Guitar_ 18th June 2010, 08:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by _Metal_Guitar_
The Toxic is the one thing that may sway my mind from a 480.

5870 2gb MATRIX... a card that allows voltage tweaking AND memory timing tweaking... its an absolute god send!

Just checked it out and it does look super nice, hmmmm...damn it! You're not making my life any easier! :P
Xir 18th June 2010, 09:08 Quote
Sorry if I sounded like an ATI-Fanboy :D
It just seemed that the 480 had become better since the last article, which it might have done (Driver)
Personally I'd hoped that the 480 would have been better or at least more competitive. Alas, it is not and 5870 prices have gone up since then.
5890 meh, don't like dual chip cards...
Action_Parsnip 18th June 2010, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
For the minimal gains, I don't think overclocking the GPU is worth it. Maybe if it pushes low mins to a playable level it is worth it thoive honestly never been in that situation. Roll on the GTX460's tho. Supposedly they'll be overclocking monsters. We can only dream!

Really I have to disagree, especially if your vid card is a bit marginal. Oc'ing can make the difference between a playable setting and an unplayable one.
javaman 18th June 2010, 12:51 Quote
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Really I have to disagree, especially if your vid card is a bit marginal. Oc'ing can make the difference between a playable setting and an unplayable one.

So can dropping down from 4 X AA to 2 X AA etc. Sometimes lowering settings produces a better return for little visual impact. I did say in that situation that maybe its worth it., but it does depend on the game, mirrors edge needs AA IMO for example, where as crysis im happy enough to drop some AA or take a res drop and increase some settings. It is very hard to generalise.
Oggyb 18th June 2010, 14:02 Quote
Apparently it doesn't acheive what it set out to. . . that's a shame because apart from in one or two specific scenarios there's still no real competition for the GTX 480.

In actual terms of course, the framerates are incredibly close in practical terms.
comphard 18th June 2010, 20:34 Quote
I wonder if in future there was a possibility to attach your water cooling system into those pipes...
Simnol 18th June 2010, 22:13 Quote
I love my XFX but the support is terrible.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 19th June 2010, 02:48 Quote
I'll take a Hd 5870 with voltage tweak any day over a Gtx 480. overclock the HD 5870 to over 1 ghz and it will still be quieter, use less electricity, and produce less heat than a Gtx 480.

The GTX 480 is a beast but it is too loud too hot and too noisy. coupled with the huge PSu demand for SLI and your gonna need a Nuclear Reactor to power a GTX 480 SLi config.

"Well spend $200 and water cool". at this point you might as well get a HD 5970
Gradius 19th June 2010, 18:44 Quote
What? No crossfire test at all ?!
robots 20th June 2010, 00:34 Quote
The problem with the OC versions is that the coolers apparently exhaust the heat inside the case... The stock cards exhaust it directly out the back of the case. I would much prefer that, seeing as I'm going to be pushing it a bit with my CPU overclock, I don't want my graphics card adding to the stress.
Elton 20th June 2010, 03:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gradius
What? No crossfire test at all ?!

Unless XFX gave 2 cards, I don't think a crossfire test was really necessary.

Although it would've been nice, I can't see the practicality in it since it's usually 2 different cards.
sb1991 22nd June 2010, 15:03 Quote
Interestingly, the standard XFX cards have this cooler too (including the 5850 which I just received from scan, despite the picture showing a reference card). Given the 'custom PCB' I imagine this is just a cheaper design to manufacture...
kingjohn 22nd June 2010, 21:34 Quote
no gtx 470 that's a bit-tech odd dont you do price comparisons with hardware gtx 470 is 300- 5870 300+ and why would anyone pay 300 + pounds for a gpu that prefers not to run games with aa .Snoop D music lover
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