Sapphire 5970 Toxic Review
Published: 5th August 2010 | Source: Sapphire | Price: around £800 |
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.