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AMD's Dual GPU Radeon HD 5970 is Fastest Ever

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

Not bad if you have $600 sitting around.

You may have already noticed on our front page that there's a new king of the graphics card industry tested today.

AMD today announced the ATI Radeon HD 5970, which it calls the fastest card ever created thanks to pairing two HD 5870 GPUs together. After we put it to the test, we're going to agree with this claim (until the next best thing comes along, of course).

The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card delivers nearly 5 TeraFLOPS of compute power. Grab two of them together in CrossFireX and you're looking at nearly 10 TeraFLOPS.

"With the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics card in the world, we’ve cemented AMD as the unquestioned graphics leader," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group. "With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, the new card, coupled with the awesome power of ATI Eyefinity technology, is the ultimate setup for serious gamers."

For the full story, we're going to hand you over to Chris Angelini's full review complete with benchmarks.

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    jerther , November 18, 2009 4:17 PM
    It is monstrous!!!
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    sunflier , November 18, 2009 6:31 PM
    JertherIt is monstrous!!!


    That's what she said.
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    JohnnyLucky , November 18, 2009 5:19 PM
    Way out of my price range.
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  • 26 Hide
    jerther , November 18, 2009 4:17 PM
    It is monstrous!!!
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    ecnovaec , November 18, 2009 4:20 PM
    ughh I love that they make such an awesome card, but HATE HATE HATE catalyst software!!!
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    MrHectorEric , November 18, 2009 4:24 PM
    You're going to need a lot of room in your case to fit this thing in. I doubt it'll fit in any mid tower case. Also you better be running more than one monitor, otherwise there will be power you won't be able to use.
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    pbrigido , November 18, 2009 4:30 PM
    I would love to get one, but man do I hate paying the price for new tech.
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    megamanx00 , November 18, 2009 4:42 PM
    Seems like a great idea, so long as you can fit two foot long GPUs into your case and have a good 1200W PSU. I'll be happy if I can get a 5850.
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    jn77 , November 18, 2009 4:43 PM
    I have a full tower case and want 2 of these with display port connectors for my 6x 24inch dell lcd's, but at $1200 for 2 of them... I can wait, I think $650 for 2 of them and I might bite.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 4:48 PM
    It's so long that you need to saw a hole in the back of your computer case for it to fit! :D 
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    logitic , November 18, 2009 5:01 PM
    I love the sleeper GPU when system is idle or not gaming. ATI is really showing how green they are this time around. To bad I already own two Vapor-X 5870's. Hehe
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    mikepaul , November 18, 2009 5:06 PM
    I hope they start making motherboards that ANTICIPATE 2-slot video cards. My ASUS MB has one 4x PCiE that is now covered by half of my GTX285. Maybe the next computer I buy/build will have something less unique to cover up with one of these...
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    cyberkuberiah , November 18, 2009 5:07 PM
    all credit to ati , but just wait for dual fermi . fermi has the same excitement as 8 series launch , of the major architectural change , but still how that will effect gaming performance remains to be seen .
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    mrcmark , November 18, 2009 5:12 PM
    very good AMD/ATI!
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    JohnnyLucky , November 18, 2009 5:19 PM
    Way out of my price range.
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    hannibal , November 18, 2009 5:21 PM
    Well I would like to see 5870 using the same vapor chamber cooling unit like this... It would be overkill for cooling, but the temperatures from the 5970 are guite good for a monster like that!
    It would be smaller than this one, maybe even quieter and still fast enough for me at this moment. Maybe 2Gb memory for later crossfire upgrade?
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    eastcoaster , November 18, 2009 5:29 PM
    Now let's see some OC results for a water cooled model.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 5:35 PM
    Heh worlds fastest super computer = 1.7 peta flops. It uses over 200,000 cpus. You could match that with 360 of these cards...tho nothing ever scales perfectly, it would likely take at least 500 of these cards. With quad sli nodes it would only be like 150 nodes to match the performance
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    lowguppy , November 18, 2009 5:50 PM
    "Nearly 5 teraflops" is misleading and inaccurate, you guys know this.

    It's 4.3, far from "Nearly 5" and two total 8.6, which would be a stretch to call "nearly 9" let alone "nearly 10". Would you really call anything that reaches 86% of its target "nearly" there? A single 5870 1gb offers around 86% of the performance, does that make it nearly the same?
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    Regulas , November 18, 2009 6:29 PM
    ecnovaecughh I love that they make such an awesome card, but HATE HATE HATE catalyst software!!!

    I agree but this would be a killer set up on a i7 rig, home built of coarse from either Tiger Direct or New Egg, both are good.
    Sadly, the need for killer gaming rigs is a thing of the past because game studios have abandoned the PC as the primary platform in favour of the kiddie console market. The PC games are now port jobs (sometimes horribly done) that will run on any mediocre PC with a dedicated graphics card. I guess you can't blame them for going where the money is at. But I still refuse to believe the game studios lie that pirates are the reason the PC games are going down. It's a new generation of gamers that don't appreciate what a good gaming rig can do and/or it is a bunch of spoiled brats with Crapbox 360 and Crapstation 3 set-ups begging and whining, mommie, mommie I want that game now, waaaaaa.
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    sunflier , November 18, 2009 6:31 PM
    JertherIt is monstrous!!!


    That's what she said.
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    sunflier , November 18, 2009 6:49 PM
    TH: Please ban any any comments that ask that same old worn-out question: "Yeah, but can it play Crysis?"

    If you don't know, then you're an idiot.
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