Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

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Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

A Close Look at the Toxic

Packaging and Accessories

From the outside the Toxic isn't very expressive about the many changes that it has undergone when compared to the standard 5970. At a glance you'd struggle to tell the difference except for the Toxic branding just above the model name. We're big fans of premium products not shouting about it, but this is perhaps taking things a step too far.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Box     Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Packaging  

Within the box we get a great selection of accessories. There are your standard adaptors and bridges along with codes for full versions of Dirt 2 and Modern Warfare 2.

On the right is the real hidden gem in the package though. An active DisplayPort adaptor. When you want to use Eyefinity you need two DVI monitors and a DisplayPort capable monitor. DisplayPort monitors tend to be both expensive, and not readily available. If, like us, you prefer to have all your monitors matching then the extra cost of having a DisplayPort model quickly multiplies and becomes almost prohibitively expensive. An active DisplayPort adaptor overcomes this by allowing you to connect the DisplayPort out from the card into a standard DVI port on the monitor and still take advantage of Eyefinity. Considering these are the best part of £90 it's fantastic to have one included in the box.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Accessories     Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review DisplayPort  

The Card Itself

Moving on to the card we can instantly see how Sapphire have managed to overcome the heat issues of the standard 5970. Although it isn't labelled as such we'd be willing to bet that this is an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme, a third-party cooler reknowned for its excellent performance.

It does mean that the card is three slots wide, but with modern motherboards having plenty of room, and the Toxic having so much potential power you're unlikely to need more than one, this isn't likely to be an issue. It's something to be aware of though nonetheless.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Card     Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Cooler  

Of course if we have two GPUs then it's not a surprise to see two 8-pin PCIe power connectors on board.

From the side you can see the subtle Toxic branding on the visible edge of the card. Much like the box this is a product for those who don't want to shout about their performance.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Heatsink     Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Looks

The Cooler

Heat-pipes aplenty on a full length heat-sink, coupled to three fans, ensure that the Toxic can definitely keep these highly-clocked GPUs under control.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Cooler     Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Tri Fan  

There is one more trick up the sleeve of the Sapphire 5970 Toxic. Unlike most non-reference boards this still utilises a reference design board so if you want to transition to water, or perhaps already have a loop, then you can take any 'off the shelf' water block and fit it straight to the Toxic.

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review Three Fan     Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

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Most Recent Comments

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

06-08-2010, 14:04:12

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? Quote

06-08-2010, 14:51:35

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

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.Quote

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