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ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:53 am

ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

The Radeon HD 5970 is the latest dual-GPU flagship video card by AMD. This card has 3200 stream processors clocked at 725MHz and 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 1GHz! Will this be enough to destroy the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295? Read on to find out how this card does and to see if AMD has what it takes to be the fastest video card on the planet again!

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The Radeon HD 5970 fully supports DX11 and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology, which are two features that NVIDIA can't offer on any of their graphics cards. Those are two key features that have been driving video card sales for months and with more and more DirectX 11 title games coming out it would be safe to assume that more gamers will be making the move to AMD based graphics cards. Radeon HD 5970 is also very overclockable. This is partly due to the Overvolt tool as you can get even more performance out of this card. The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card is in a league of its own and is clearly king of the hill. O Fermi, Fermi, wherefore art thou Fermi? NVIDIA better hope that their GT300 Fermi series of video cards pack a mean punch because they are going to need all the help they can get!


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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby skier » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:28 am

Good Read! i look forward to seeing numbers from more games, and overclocking performance(performance FROM the overclock) ie on new samples from sapphire or other manuf. we know theres only so much time to do the testing!

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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby FZ1 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:18 am

Nate, the Furmark chart is missing the 5970 results.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby IRQ Conflict » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:58 am

skier wrote:i think it should be codenamed ~The nvidia Slayer~
The way it's meant to be slayed? :lol:
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby jnanster » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:05 am

Too bad the Physx is turned OFF
Turned ON, the numbers would be different.
DX11 will be nice
BUT
Batman, Mirror’s Edge, and others are cool with their swirling paper, glass flying all over the place, etc.
Tesselation or Physx: which adds more in-game graphic appeal?
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby vicaphit » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:39 am

That thing is huge. I want one.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby FZ1 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:45 am

I don't see any e-tailers with stock. Most aren't even showing it as a valid item
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby FeRaL » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:49 am

Nice job on the review. When I saw that there was no HDMI out on that beast, I was like "WTF!" Luckily you can get a mini displayport to HDMI over at Monoprice.com for around $10... http://www.monoprice.com/products/produ ... 1&format=2 But honestly, how much more would the card have cost if they had just added an HDMI to it?

All in all with the way prices are right now I'm not too sure how I feel about this card. Why even launch something if there's .0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% chance for someone who want's to buy one to actually be able to find one. Add on top of that the price gauging that is going on because the manufacturer is having issues even producing the thing. If I didn't know better I would be inclined to think that this is a little bit of an ePeen wagging contest between that AMD/ATI marketing chick and Nvidia's supreme ruler.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby gwolfman » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:57 am

Thanks for the review. I can't imagine crossfire numbers.

FZ1 wrote:Nate, the Furmark chart is missing the 5970 results.

I agree.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby XstollieX » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:59 pm

FZ1 wrote:Nate, the Furmark chart is missing the 5970 results.

Not exactly. The one labeled for the vapor x is the 5970. If you look at the actual vapor x review here you see it only scores 121 while it is listed as 194 in the 5970 review. It is a typo but the results are there
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby FZ1 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:06 pm

I figured as much but most people probably wouldn't realize it.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby DeusEx » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:41 pm

if i was to build a computer today, this would be my card. Thats some pretty impressive benchmarks.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:41 pm

The furmark result is in the chart, I just screwed up the name values in excel. I don't have the file with me, but called and got Brian to make the fix for me. Next time someone sees an error like this please call or e-mail me. Especially if you are staff!

When I wrote this at 2am this morning I was tired and my flight left at 6am, so I was in that no sleep state of mind.

As for the comment on PhysX not being enabled... Which benchmark are you talking about? I ran Batman AA with and without PhysX enabled.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby jnanster » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:58 am

Nate
Reg Physx, your report said:

"For our testing we set everything as high as it would go, except for PhysX and NVIDIA Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing."
and your screenshot of the Batman Setup Panel showed it off. No mention of it being on.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby Velo:Sity » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:00 am

It is off because it's an ATI card.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby InspectahACE » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:48 am

Velo:Sity wrote:It is off because it's an ATI card.


yup..not supported by ATI...but he does have PhysX enabled on the Nvidia gpu's in the benchmark at least :)
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby shaxs » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:58 am

This thing is huge... Im waiting for the prices to fall before I buy a second 5870....
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby Keean » Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:17 am

That is one HUGE video card! Does anyone know if you'll be able to Crossfire it with the 5870 like they did with the 5850's?
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:11 pm

Keean wrote:That is one HUGE video card! Does anyone know if you'll be able to Crossfire it with the 5870 like they did with the 5850's?


Not sure if you can run mixed crossfire with it.. I will e-mail ATI and ask the engineers for you.
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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:17 pm

They just responded...

Yes he can. But i hope he has the best cpu in the planet plus 3 monitors at all times ;-)


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