Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

An ultra high-end, extreme performance twin-GPU graphics card that costs a substantial amount of money. It's pretty clear that the most direct competitor for the Sapphire 5970 Toxic is the aforementioned Asus Ares and so we're going to be putting them head to head in our testing. The only differences between the two setups from when we tested the Ares to the Toxic are that we're using Catalyst 10.7, and the 980X is only overclocked to 3.6GHz.

Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Intel i7 980X @ 3.6GHz
Corsair AX1200w
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic MX-3
Sapphire HD5970 Toxic

Overclocking

As the Toxic already has a monster overclock we were surprised that we managed to coax a further 99 MHz out of it before it cried enough.

If we were cynical we'd think that 999 MHz is a very convenient number for the card to stop at, especially considering how easily it reached that point. However a 1 GHz 5970 should be more than capable of hammering anything we throw at it, especially considering it is 33% faster than a standard one and the standard 5970 eats games for breakfast.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Overclocking Overclock

Time for some benchmarks.

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06-08-2010, 13:14:11

tinytomlogan
Sapphire have weighed into the ultra high-end of the graphics marketplace with their Toxic branded 5970. We take a good look.

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06-08-2010, 13:25:07

killablade
Wow. I'd love one of those for my system! I didn't expect it to overclock THAT well!

By the way, I see the award images have changed? (atleast for the performance award?) I like it, looks nice

06-08-2010, 14:02:25

VonBlade
Yes indeed the awards have all been updated to match the new OC3D logo. If you think the performance one is lush, wait til we bring the others out.

06-08-2010, 14:04:12

silenthill
great review but I really can't understand why in crysis warhead the asus ares kicks the ass of the toxic in the minima and average FPS even in stock clocks - what's going on here guys?

06-08-2010, 14:51:35

VonBlade
Couple of things explain that. Firstly the Toxic had a few less CPU clocks to handle the Physx, and the Toxic is a 5970 whereas the Ares is twin 5870s.

So the CPU will account for most of it, and the tiny extra theoretical grunt of the Ares gives us the few extra. If you look back at the Ares XF results you'll see that Crysis is pants no matter how much hardware you have. So really take it with a pinch of salt.

06-08-2010, 17:25:43

F-alienware
Hmm. Is it me or does that cooler either -

A. Completely rip off the Arctic Accelero Xtreme

B. Use an Arctic Accelero Xtreme.

'cos from where I am sitting it has to be one or the other.

06-08-2010, 17:30:08

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by VonBlade View Post
If you look back at the Ares XF results you'll see that Crysis is pants no matter how much hardware you have. So really take it with a pinch of salt.
Why use it then? That's a polite question BTW as it could be taken out of context, but why use something that's blatantly crappy and heavily weighted toward the green corner?

It's not just OC3D. Every website is "Crysis this, Crysis that". Seriously, the game is old hat now (and I'm not saying that at your or to you, just saying it in general).

Do the manufacturers (in this case Sapphire) suggest that you use Crysis?

06-08-2010, 17:33:53

tinytomlogan
We use a range of games, some people might play Crysis and want to know what cards play it best. Metro is heavily green team weighted too. Just the way it is and we will always use what ever is POPULAR

The cooler is an AC unit.

06-08-2010, 17:57:21

F-alienware
Ah OK cheers Tom. I thought it looked like an AC Not a bad thing, best cooler for large cards ever IMO.

07-08-2010, 05:50:06

Maverick1dj
Am I reading the Crysis bench properly? How comes the Stock out performs the overclock @ Maximum for the toxic?

Also I like to see bench's for Crysis as I find it very easy to compare real performance, I use it like a control of sort, to gauge GPU real world performance, much more useful than synthetic benchies!

07-08-2010, 07:58:23

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by CRiMiNaLNiNJa View Post

Am I reading the Crysis bench properly? How comes the Stock out performs the overclock @ Maximum for the toxic?

Also I like to see bench's for Crysis as I find it very easy to compare real performance, I use it like a control of sort, to gauge GPU real world performance, much more useful than synthetic benchies!
yes I noticed that but it's only happening with the maximum FPS.sometimes that does happen when I OC my 480's in crysis

07-08-2010, 07:58:44

tinytomlogan
Sometime the results can be a bit strange, just the way it is dude, maybe crysis didnt like the overclock. Without spending hours researching every result we'll never know.

07-08-2010, 08:39:55

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Sometime the results can be a bit strange, just the way it is dude, maybe crysis didnt like the overclock. Without spending hours researching every result we'll never know.
This is just a suggestion I noticed some of the websites and magazines don’t put the maximum FPS they say it doesn’t reflect the true performance of the graphic card because most important in game play is the minimum and average FPS which actually shows you if you can play the game between 30FPS and 60FPS which is considered (very playable) and also the maximum FPS behaviour is very strange when overclocking the GPU so why don’t you scrap the maximum from your benchmarks to avoid these kinds of issues I know the maximum FPS shows the muscles of the GPU but it’s not really true performance.

*stop making your replies bold*

07-08-2010, 08:55:41

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

This is just a suggestion I noticed some of the websites and magazines dont put the maximum FPS they say it doesnt reflect the true performance of the graphic card because most important in game play is the minimum and average FPS which actually shows you if you can play the game between 30FPS and 60FPS which is considered (very playable) and also the maximum FPS behaviour is very strange when overclocking the GPU so why dont you scrap the maximum from your benchmarks to avoid these kinds of issues I know the maximum FPS shows the muscles of the GPU but its not really true performance.

*stop making your replies bold*
We put all the details up fella, we are pretty sure if you are reading our reviews your not a complete nub and can formulate your own oppinions. The fact you are saying that average is more important means you dont actually 'need' us to remove the max

PS - stop bolding your replies.

22-08-2010, 08:48:55

Telltale
"The biggest compliment we can pay, and it is a big one, is that if this had arrived before Ares we'd have looked at that differently"

But the Toxic DID arrive before the Ares. You can see the date on this review is April 22nd; over 2 months before the arrival of the Ares.

*LINK REMOVED*

22-08-2010, 09:05:48

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telltale View Post

"The biggest compliment we can pay, and it is a big one, is that if this had arrived before Ares we'd have looked at that differently"

But the Toxic DID arrive before the Ares. You can see the date on this[/url] review is April 22nd; over 2 months before the arrival of the Ares.
With us matey, we had not tested it.

22-08-2010, 11:56:56

Telltale
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

With us matey, we had not tested it.
Oh ok sorry, you literally meant arriving with you, not just on the market.

30-10-2010, 03:16:36

MrHDizzla
I still don't 100% get the difference between your everyday 5970 and the ASUS Ares.... looking at the specs on AMD website it looks to me as if the 5970 has just double the specifications of the 5870..

sorry about my ignorance

30-10-2010, 07:23:33

Mr. Strawberry
holy thread revival batman

a normal 5970 is basicly 2 5870 chips underclocked to 5850 speeds

where was the ares, toxic and so on are full on 5870 chips
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