ASUS EAH5870 V2 Review
What can we say about the HD5870 that we haven't said a dozen times? It's more rounded than a cannonball, being powerful, sensibly priced, regular driver updates, and capable of handling almost anything you throw at it.
So what does the EAH 5870 V2 from Asus bring to the party?
Probably the most important thing is that under that sexy cooler it's still a reference board. No odd chips or lights to make it impossible to buy a "standard" waterblock from Danger Den, Bitspower, EK or whomever. This is ready for you to give it the H2O goodness as soon as you want.
Besides it being a reference board it looks like a fairly standard cooler too. We have the black and red we've got used to from both Asus and the ATI 5870 series. It clearly owes a small debt to the forthcoming Ares, which is no bad thing at all. However under this shroud are quite a few differences. Rather than a small copper plate above the GPU attached to a aluminium block, this has quite a substantial lump of copper helping to keep it cool.
Cool it certainly is too with it not breaking 60°C under load at stock, and even heavily overclocked to 1MHz shy of 1GHz it doesn't get to 70°C. So you've got all the benefits of a reference board, whilst still getting the cool temperatures of a third-party cooler and exhausting out the rear of your case.
Finally we need to talk about the overclocking. At stock it's 850MHz core which is the same as every other 5870, but it overclocks like a beast thanks to the exceptional cooling and the always great Asus voltage tweak BIOS.
So the cooling is great, the performance is great and you get a copy of Call of Pripyat. Surely this is priced accordingly?
At current pricing this is the second cheapest 5870 on the market. At 20 or 30 pounds more we'd be recommending the EAH5870 V2, at £315 we can easily give it our Editors Choice award.
If it was my money and I wanted a reference card, I'd get this one. I can't think of a higher recommendation than that.