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May 12, 2010 5:51:12 PM

hi,
is the 5970 still the fastest card on the market even with the release of fermi?
just wondering because ive seen reviews yet many use the 5870 instead of the 5970 to bechmark..granted all the 5970 is 2 5870's..

thanks
phil

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May 12, 2010 6:03:31 PM

Yes the HD5970 is the fastest card you can buy.
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May 12, 2010 6:05:32 PM

yes the 5970 is the fastest card the 480gtx is the fast single chip card, but that doensn't mean a whole lot
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May 12, 2010 6:20:40 PM

I wonder why the benchs show that fermi out does any ati card..but some dont bother to show the 5970 at all?
also, why do games not run well with the 5970..well some dont..
does it boil down to drivers not being "matured enough" yet?

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May 12, 2010 6:50:02 PM

pnico said:
I wonder why the benchs show that fermi out does any ati card..but some dont bother to show the 5970 at all?
also, why do games not run well with the 5970..well some dont..
does it boil down to drivers not being "matured enough" yet?

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Single GPU card Vs single GPU card = apples to apples. As for why some games don't run well on a 5970, maybe it's lack of Xfire support or driver issues.
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May 12, 2010 7:58:16 PM

Nvidia likes to send cards to reviewers that says good things about them. So they take out the 5970 because it would make Nvidia look bad.

Anyway if you have a 1080P moitor the 5970 is the best way to max all settings without the trouble of dual cards.
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May 12, 2010 8:29:07 PM

makes perfect sense..an ati rep once told me, recently actually that ATI doesnt kiss developer a** so therefore rarely do you see ati on the game as a featured chipset and he said to rest assured that once ati optimizes the game for its cards, the difference between "made for nvidia" is just a bunch of b.s..
I do have a nice 24" viewsonic 1080p monitor..with a really good response time.. and im running metro 2033 with tesselation and all details maxed out at 30-40 fps..

speaking of which..whats the deal with games like splinter cell running like *** ? driver issues again?
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May 12, 2010 8:59:56 PM

The overclocked 4GB 5970 Cards, like the one from Sapphire, are the fastest you can get. Of course they also cost $1k, so the regular $700 5970 seems like a better option :D .
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May 12, 2010 9:13:52 PM

are these even available yet? I would so grab one..
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May 12, 2010 9:18:40 PM

would the benefit of having 4 gig per card be to be albe to max out details et eyefinity resolutions?

is ati due to release this so called 5990 or is that just a rumor?

I am running fdual 5970's so not sure if going with either the 5970 4 gb would be smart or waiting for a 5990..if that even exists?

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May 12, 2010 11:24:57 PM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Nvidia likes to send cards to reviewers that says good things about them. So they take out the 5970 because it would make Nvidia look bad.

Anyway if you have a 1080P moitor the 5970 is the best way to max all settings without the trouble of dual cards.

I can supply a couple of benchies where the 5970 is the one that don't look as good as you like to put forth. [:mousemonkey] ;) 
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May 13, 2010 12:01:40 AM

Most reviewers attempt to compare apples and apples. Even though they are both considered "sports cars", you don't compare a Mustang with a Porsche or Lambourgini.

The 470/480 and 5850/5870 are all single GPU cards, the 470/5850 and 480/5870 pairings are roughly in the same price range and sell at or relatively close to their MSRP.

The 5970 is a dual GPU card, has nothing else in it's price range and sells for $100-150 over it's MSRP. The 5970 consists of two 5870 GPU's down clocked to a performance level approximating twin 5850's.

Cards are often judged by their price performance ratio. One of the most common means to measure this is in "dollars per frame (fps)". It's not expected to be looked at as the "lowest number wins" as you should expect to pay more in $ per frame as you increase performance due to the law of diminishing returns.

The table below summarizes the performance of the aforementioned cards based upon an average of 9 benchmarks on DX11 games at 1920 resolution and high settings:

nVidia 470 9.08
ATI 5850 9.04

nVidi 480 10.01
ATI 5870 10.59

ATI 5970 11.93

The 470 and 5850 compete well at this range with just 4 cents separating the two. The 470 came out on top in 8 of the 9 benchmarks in the bunch.

The 480 surprises with a lower price / performance ratio while coming out ahead in 10/10 benchmarks.

For a price increase of 40% over the 480, the dual GPU 5970 tops the single GPU 480 in 9 outta the 10 benches, winning by between 6% and 34% on the wins. The 480 won by 18% on Battleforge.

Note that the 5xxx series cards compete much better in DX10 games.
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