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Hardware Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 4GB Toxic Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 11 May 2010.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    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.
     
  3. Picarro

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    Sapphire seems to know what to do with graphic cards.
     
  4. line2008

    line2008 What is this "dremel" you speak of?

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    Graphics Card pr0n! DO WANT!!
     
  5. sub routine

    sub routine Archie Gemel

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    wibble wibble....slaver
     
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    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    More limited than the ASUS (infamous) MARS?

    Amazing!
     
  7. JamButty

    JamButty Risking life and limb for Blighty!

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    Wow, I need one of these! Does anyone want to buy a liver? Kidney maybe? About £900 should do it.... :eeek:
     
  8. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    There's one thing I keep finding odd - how in the world is the GTX295 just dominating in DoW2?
     
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    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Shame all that power can't be put to use folding :(
     
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    Fantastic temperatures!

    Makes me wonder why the Arctic Cooling stuff is tested so rarely...:p
     
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    I will upgrade my GFX card when I can get a minimum frame rate of 60 in Crysis.

    Which may mean never!
     
  13. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    This card scares me! Hats off to Sapphire though! I've got their 5970 standard version and love it!
     
  14. DeadMan

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    At almost £1000 the marketing team has their work cut out for them.
     
  15. MaverickWill

    MaverickWill Dirty CPC Mackem

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    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.
     
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    Sweet but who can justify a grand for a graphics card.
     
  17. earlydoors

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    That's how many
     
  18. shaffaaf27

    shaffaaf27 The budget builder

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    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?
     
  19. JCBeastie

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    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.
     
  20. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    It's for the same reason why people set benchmark records.
     
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