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.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • cyberkuberiah
    today's a great day for graphics , as the bar's been raised again !
  • IzzyCraft
    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 :)
  • notty22
    Wonder if this would get the same framerates as a 5870 in a AMD 965 system ?
  • In your face Gt240 =P
  • 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.
  • amdgamer666
    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 :)
    Also, because 9.11 is out, you can also try out Adobe's Flash 10.1 prelease to try out GPU-accelerated flash
    Exciting times
  • commodore64
    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 :)
  • christop
    Sweet but can't see spending 600 on a card...
  • 7amood
    commodore64i love the competitionThere is no competition yet >_< prices are way up there!!!
  • Honis
    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.