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Sapphire HD5970 Toxic 4GB Preview

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April 13, 2010 5:57:10 PM

Well, we all know this thing is going to be crazy fast. So , look at the power numbers.
It uses a 100 watts more than a stock 5970, WoW. But , would that stop anyone from gaming or buying the thing for the right price. You see where I am going with this right? :)  LOL
April 13, 2010 7:07:07 PM

It's an amazing card for sure! It's huge though, so make sure your case can fit it. Many Mid-ATX towers don't have enough room to fit this card.
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April 13, 2010 8:24:44 PM

notty22 said:
Well, we all know this thing is going to be crazy fast. So , look at the power numbers.
It uses a 100 watts more than a stock 5970, WoW. But , would that stop anyone from gaming or buying the thing for the right price. You see where I am going with this right? :)  LOL
http://images.tweaktown.com/content/3/2/3230_95.png

It's 80% better than the GTX480 and uses 10% more power.
What are you complaining about? The GTX480 is 10% faster than the HD5870 and uses how much more? 60% or somethin'?
April 13, 2010 9:50:44 PM

@Shadow


Mind pointing out where the 5970 4GB is 80% better than the GTX480?

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3230/sapphire_radeon_...

That's the graph showing high AA/AF performance, which is ideally where the extra RAM *should* shine.

FarCry 1920x1200 [8xAA]

GTX 480: Min FPS [46] Average FPS [89]
ATI 5970 4GB: Min FPS [35] Average FPS [110]

That gives the 5970 about 23% advantage in average FPS, and a 31% disadvantage in minimum FPS. And that thing will probably cost $150-$200 more than a GTX480.

*Incoming argument about how minimum FPS is more important, 89 v. 110 average is not noticable by the naked eye, etc.*
April 13, 2010 10:29:12 PM

xcrapid said:
@Shadow


Mind pointing out where the 5970 4GB is 80% better than the GTX480?


Yeah, in every game without high AA/AF. AFAIK, AMD has some issues with AA perf.
April 13, 2010 10:36:18 PM

To bad that design is going to dump every bit of heat in to some poor saps case to. OMG ! :) 
April 13, 2010 10:57:39 PM

How much of the extra performance is because of the overclock vs. the extra memory?

All reviews of the 2GB 5870 show little to no improvement over the 1GB version. I was truly bummed to see that :( 

I'd like to see the comparison 'tween the 2GB version overclocked to the specs of the Toxic 4GB.
April 13, 2010 10:57:59 PM

It'll still output less heat, probably.

And I agree with Firebird, I was a tad let down about the low improvements over 1GB vs 2GB.

Shows how much work ATI has with drivers, :D .
April 13, 2010 11:22:37 PM

shadow187 said:
Yeah, in every game without high AA/AF. AFAIK, AMD has some issues with AA perf.


Why are you buying a 5970 4GB if you DON'T plan on using AA/AF on a high resolution monitor? That's like telling someone who games at 1280x720 to buy a 5870...
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