Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

3D Mark Vantage

Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review

3D Mark Vantage


Starting with the performance benchmark we see that Sapphire have really made the 5970 into the card we all expected it to be when we first heard about it from ATI. It handily keeps up with the much more expensive, and theoretically faster, Ares and in pure GPU score actually beats it. The Ares overclock was much higher than the Toxic so it's really an impressive result for the Sapphire.


Moving onto the more realistic settings that the High benchmark offers, we see the results nearly mirror those above, although at stock the Toxic is starting to drop just by a hair to the bottom of the graph. Nonetheless it's still a mighty showing.



At Extreme, which is the settings we'd expect anyone with this card to run, the Toxic still keeps eating through the frames. In overclocked trim it actually just beats the Ares and therefore is the fastest graphics card we've ever tested.

A fabulous result for Sapphire and one we're incredibly impressed by. Even more so considering it's giving up a little oomph in the CPU department.

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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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