ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB: The World's Fastest Graphics Card

Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2

In Far Cry 2, the Radeon HD 5850s actually end up outperforming the Radeon HD 5970 by a miniscule margin. Remember that we’re testing on an X58-based platform here, so each 5850 gets a full 16-lanes of PCIe 2.0, whereas the Radeon HD 5970 consists of two Cypress GPUs on either side of a PCI Express bridge sharing 16 lanes total.

The difference between ATI’s fastest discrete board and Nvidia’s is much more significant, though. The thing is that recent price drops have taken most GTX 295s to about $500. So, by no stretch of the imagination is ATI’s Radeon HD 5970 functioning as a value proposition. Rather, it’s the fastest discrete graphics card you can buy—and you’ll pay for the privilege of owning it.

Apply anti-aliasing and the Radeon HD 5970 and 5850s in CrossFire once again trade blows. And yet again, they both blow away Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295, matching or coming close to twin GeForce GTX 285s in SLI.

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  • today's a great day for graphics , as the bar's been raised again !
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  • Wooww...4.3 billion transistors, low idle power, it's pricey but this baby has lots of potential :)

    I think ATI driven NVIDIA into a corner this time, i love the competition :)
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  • In your face Gt240 =P
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  • today's a great day for graphics , as the bar's been raised again !
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  • bawhaha i was waiting for this
    5970 picture of it in size comparison is priceless to me it's freaking huge card.

    But really how are they going to get 2 chips for 5970 when they can't even get 1 for 5870 :)
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  • Wonder if this would get the same framerates as a 5870 in a AMD 965 system ?
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  • In your face Gt240 =P
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  • I'm getting more concerned with Nvidia these days. They keep playing with these low-end cards and haven't made anything all that great in almost a year. Hopefully Fermi doesn't turn into Itanic II.
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  • Sweet, another amazing card to drool at, too bad I can't afford it. Thanks for including CF'ed 5870's, that's what I wanted to compare it to the most. The release seems to coincide with the driver update. Everybody make sure to update your drivers to 9.11 :)
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
    Also, because 9.11 is out, you can also try out Adobe's Flash 10.1 prelease to try out GPU-accelerated flash
    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/
    Exciting times
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  • Wooww...4.3 billion transistors, low idle power, it's pricey but this baby has lots of potential :)

    I think ATI driven NVIDIA into a corner this time, i love the competition :)
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  • Sweet but can't see spending 600 on a card...
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  • commodore64i love the competition

    There is no competition yet >_< prices are way up there!!!
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  • Good article!

    I'll wait for a price drop since there are 0 DX 11 games out currently. Hope this forces further drops in the 4870s.
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  • GT 240 has found a competitor in HD5890!
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  • 1,600-shader Cypress found in its Radeon HD 5870.
    2) Drop clock rates a bit in order to keep power and thermals under control.
    3) ???
    4) Profit


    Oh my goodness, Chris, you apparently saw the Southpark episode with the underpants gnomes! Very funny for those of us who got the joke.
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  • Thus.... the shattered dreams of Nvidia and its GT210, 220, 240... haha.
    What a time to release such low end dead end variants... the last life of the 200series chips can now be engulfed by the HD5970... THis card looks like it would smash through the GTX295 easily and is DX11 plus plus blah blah Nvidia is sweating it out as they have lost a lump of market share as they did not ride the Christmas wave... Ive said it again and again don't you guys think Nvidia should discount their cards heavily already?!?

    I hope fermi can even compare to this dual gpu... Deep down I now doubt Nvidias GTX380 or whatever can even compare to this dual GPU, they would have to compare it now with a dual GTX300 series in my opinion at the rate that ATi has vastly improved from their previous 4850-90s, to the x2's...
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  • wow look at the difference in crysis and far cry 2. the 5890 just bitch slapped the gtx 295.
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  • I'm sort of at a loss for words so I will pull on a quote from The Cable Guy: this would make George Lucas cream in his pants.
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  • Oh no, now I have PCB envy :(
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  • OMFG!! It's so F**ING HUGE!!

    I think I would want one, if I could afford a new PSU and huge case to go with it :D.
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  • I just completed a new build however I was short funds and had to get a $50 graphics card just to see it work.I'm glad though that I selected a 850 watt power supply.
    The Radeon 5970 sounds like the perfect card for me in January 2010.I'm getting it.
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  • alswome card but pricey but i guess the specs make up for it. id go for the 5850 myself if i could. maybe they'll have a giveaway for this bad boy
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  • I think i gotta sell my kidney and liver for one of these !!!
    ;)
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