Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review
Published: 5th August 2010 | Source: Sapphire | Price: around £800 |
A little while ago we took at look at the Asus Ares and discovered that whilst it was absolutely a thing of immense power and desirability, it was also fiercely expensive. So what do you do if you want a product that has phenomenal power, a certain exclusivity but wont require you to sell a kidney to obtain one?
Sapphire have always been one of the premiere ATI partners and have been producing premium versions of each generation of ATI GPUs. Anyone who has been around the hardware scene for a while will know how highly the Toxic variants are thought of, and so when we discovered that Sapphire were going to bring out a Toxic version of the already excellent 5970, we couldn't wait to get our hands on one.
The HD5970, for those of you who need a little memory jog, is ATIs twin GPU behemoth and at the time of release was the fastest single card available. It did however have one small drawback. To get the card to fit within the ATX specifications and ensure that the reference cooler could handle the heat of two GPUs whilst still being only a dual-slot solution, ATI had to keep the core speeds quite low.
Sapphire have dispensed with the standard cooler and so does it allow for greater clockspeeds and finally unleash the performance the 5970 has promised?
|Output||2 x Dual-Link DVI|
1 x Mini-DisplayPort
|GPU||900 MHz Core Clock|
40 nm Process Technology
3200 x Stream Processors
|Memory||4096 MB Size|
512(2x256) -bit GDDR5
4800 MHz Effective
|Dimension||310x118x61 mm Size.|
Absolutely. If you'll cast your mind back to the 5970 speeds you will notice that Sapphire have managed to get a 175 MHz increase in core speed and around 200 MHz faster on the memory. An absolute quantum leap forward in speeds compared to the standard design.
Time to take a look at the card in all its glory.