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


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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Most Recent Comments

06-08-2010, 13:14:11

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

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 Quote

06-08-2010, 14:02:25

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.Quote

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