XFX 5870 XXX Review

Intro and Tech Specs

XFX 5870 XXX

Introduction

More than any other item of hardware, graphics cards split the community into three distinct sections. There are those who are firmly entrenched in the Red camp, those who swear by the Green, and those who don't care who makes it as long as it's fast and cheap. Whilst we here at OC3D are fans of performance regardless of the source, we also appreciate that there are those among you to whom asking them to take a serious look at the other brand is like asking a Spurs fan to don an Arsenal kit.

We all knew what ATI provided because they released their 5 series cards a long time ago, but now following the recent Fermi release we have information about how both companies perform and it's fairly clear that it's really a one horse race.

So with the HD5870 absolutely being the weapon of choice XFX have given it their XXX magic to see if they can bring us the zenith in graphics technology. If, like your erstwhile reviewer, you're of a certain age then XXX has an different meaning to that of today's youth and rather than making us think of Extreme Sports, it more makes us think of Bambi Woods.

So is the XFX HD5870 XXX a card worthy of such a evocative name?

XFX HD5870 XXX

As you'll recall we recently reviewed the HD5750 XXX and found that, whilst the card performed very well it was hampered by the fact it's in a very competitive sector of the market. At the extreme high-end of the spectrum comparative price is much less of an issue than pure performance.

Technical Specifications

Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 875 Mhz
Memory Bus: 256
Memory Type: DDR5
Memory Size: 1024 MB
Memory Speed: 5200 Mhz
Thermal Solution: FANSINK
Minimum PSU Requirement: 500W with two 6-pin power cable
Outputs: HDMI, Dual-Link DVI, Display Port
Card Dimensions: 11 X 4.376 X 1.5
Feature: Directx 11 support, DirectCompute 5.0, Open CL, Eyefinity Technology, Shader Model 5.0, OpenGL 3.2, Windows 7, DisplayPort, HDMI
Warranty: Lifetime
Package Contents: DVI Adapter, 6 Pin Y Power Cable


So does the XXX leave us gasping? Let's have a close look.

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Most Recent Comments

05-04-2010, 13:43:20

AMD_PBz
Yet another Great Review Tom

What better way to spend a Holiday than testing an XFX 5870?

I know I'd rather be doing that than being stuck here at work selling car parts.

CheersQuote

05-04-2010, 15:42:20

zillion
Hello Tom

Im just abit curious here, coz as far as i understand u can run a Xfire setup involving a 5870 + 5850 so i was wondering if u would make such review and/or for instance also one including maybe a 5970 + 5870 to see how well this would scale in price/performance.

Regards.Quote

05-04-2010, 16:35:08

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AMD_PBz'
Yet another Great Review Tom
*VB wonders why we have our names at the top of the article*Quote

05-04-2010, 17:15:00

zillion
Hey VB

Maybe u would be so kind to answer my question if possible.....

Can u run a Xfire setup with a 5870 and a 5850 and if so, do u have any experience with the performance?

RegardsQuote

06-04-2010, 01:22:22

lasher
Next time use the flashing font and larger type face vb Quote
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