ATI Radeon HD 5970 Review: Dual-GPU Graphics

By Julio Franco · 52 replies
Nov 18, 2009
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  1. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Enthusiast Posts: 52

    5970 - the new card of my dreams! - if it would fit in my case...
  2. mizumi

    mizumi TS Rookie

    Luckily my case can fit it. ^^ But not that I'd splurge my money on this behemoth. IIRC, having 2 5870 still beats this by a small margin.
  3. Inioch

    Inioch TS Rookie

    Nice, just nice. Performance with a great power/performance ratio. Freakishly long though.
  4. nubnasty

    nubnasty TS Rookie

    I saw the graphics for this card. Its insane !!! As i heards its the best graphics hard right now in the market.
  5. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    Point A is pointless to me (i think it's just a cycle as it was, maybe, before) as for the B point...superior in what way?
    Hardware is way ahead of software these days! So why should I buy an expensive DX 11 card when no DX 11 title is out yet and by the time a DX11 game will appear the card in case it's obsolete and a newer-better and cheaper (maybe smaller) model is on the market?
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    While I think the comments on global warming are silly the Radeon HD 5000 series are superior products that can be enjoyed now. Furthermore I am not sure how closely you have been following the development of upcoming games by there are a dozen soon to be released DX11 titles while there is already one out and about.
  7. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    Let's leave the global warming...
    I was talking about a DX11 exclusive game, like Shattered Horizon is DX 10 exclusive.
    As for the one out I hope you're not talking about Battle Forge :)
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ...oh really Steve, well I don't. The only reason that there are things like 'green friendly' components, is because of the green/global warming movement. (otherwise they would just me known as energy efficient)I think its a valid topic indeed. i work in the LED industry and I can tell you that and the things that are being forced down the consumers throat in the name of the fallacy know as global warming is staggering. It has and will have a huge impact on everything(including computing) in the future.
    Darkseed said that there is nothing green about these companies, and I responded somewhat tongue and cheek, but I hardly think that something that will impact the industry we are so interested in here is silly.
  9. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    red1776 while it sounds like you have your own views and opinions on the green issue I don’t care to discuss this issue here. I think the main reason people are generally concerned with a graphics card that consumes 300 watts is the impact it will have on their power bill, not the environment.

    Moving on to DarKSeeD’s comments I was actually thinking of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat though BattleForge is another example. Also Dirt 2 is only a few days away while Aliens vs. Predator is not far away either, nor is Lord of the Rings Online.

    That said it is not the ability to support DX11 that I like about the new Radeons. Rather it is the fact that I can game at 2560x1600 using one or two monitors in any game I want with the settings jacked right up.
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Then you certainly don't have to....i'm not the one that brought it up :)
  11. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    If we are on the green zone - little off topic here - but I'm using a board with EPU 6 engine and so far (since the last installation) I've reduced the CO2 emissions with 246771.155 mg.
    How many of you leave the computer on for hours and going full throttle? It's impossible not to sense that the room temperature has raised with at least 1 degree Celsius (depends also on the size of the room and of course you need a thermometer). I use Folding@home (GPU+CPU calculations) a lot and I leave the rest at your imagination. The room I use has 12mp (metric sistem you do the math for imperial) and the height of the room is 2.4m. Almost constantly the room has 3 degrees Celsius more with the computer on for hours.
    On topic - I'm aware of Dirt 2, Call of Pripyat and AvP but I was talking strictly about DX 11 exclusive titles.
    Anyway pictures side by side, DX10 vs. DX11, should be interesting to watch.

    After I saw the pictures of Dirt 2 DX11 I can't say there is too much improvement over DX10. Ambient Occlusion is the only feature that stands out a little. Only the future will tell...
  12. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Crazy!! Unfortunately i don't think i could ever justify one of these on a cost to performance ratio. Guess we will see in a couple years when i look into building out my next system.
  13. Shigawire

    Shigawire TS Rookie Posts: 58

    I'm still happy with my 4870X2 :)

    A suggestion and question:
    Why don't you use the Total War games in benchmarking? I know of no other game more demanding. Not just of the GPU, but of the entire system - cpu, gpu, ram, harddrive.
    Try add Napoleon Total War as a standard benchmark. There's more than enough First Person Shooters being tested in these benchmarks. It's not meant to be a popularity contest but an exhaustive and objective test.
  14. i had a 4870x2 card i now have 2 5970 black xfx addition cards and all i can say is wow cost me 1100 quid but they eat everything alive
  15. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I'm fairly certain the XFX 5970 Black Edition hasn't even released yet - how'd you get your hands on two of them?
  16. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    My mistake - looks like you can get the 5970 Black Edition now - just not the 4 GB version.
  17. i got them from and there still in stock but hurry there unbelevable as stock cards but overclooked and volted its fantastic
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Yeah - my GX2 died this weekend so I think I'm about to order myself a 5970. Sucks is I don't really have the funds for this but my gaming machine is currently down :(

    I won't be doing any overclocking on this thing though - that's something from my past that I don't really want to get into anymore.
  19. I just replaced my 9800GX2, with the BLACK EDITION 2GB, on stock it's fast....
    and it's running cool, 44C idle in a room 22C, BENCH HEAVEN v2.0 Max temp 60C

    I am impressed with not only the performance but with the running TEMPS.

    Total system pulls 375 Watts load 245W idle.

    Single slot solution, I really love it, been a Nvidia user for years and this was one of the hardest changes because of the previous bad rep. due to poor ATI drivers, but it's just as slick as Nvidia.

    I got mine from
  20. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Yeah, yeah, whatever.
    Thanks for the ad.......
    Single slot...let me guess; you're dyslexic and you actually have a 5670.
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    :haha:, your on my brainwave.
  22. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    hahahah you know I thought the same thing. BUT those consumption figures are high and who in their right mind would replace a 9800 GX2 with a 5670?
  23. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Mmmmmm...375w under full load seems a bit light...and as for 245w at idle, wellllllll, did "Guest" decide to hook up a VapoChill unit just for s___s and giggles?
    As for the swapping out, I've seen dumber forum posts regarding graphics swap-outs than that.
  24. Omg nvida feel the pain in there ***. Even now the release 1 year later almost the 480 the can not compare it...... What happen nv?
  25. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Finally got my 5970 Black Edition in and I've gotta say I'm very pleased. Part of the reason I wanted the 1920 numbers so badly is I'm running on a 24" running at that rez. I've gotta say that everything runs amazingly well - even Crysis at 4x AA. The only thing that has given my machine a hard time is Arma II and Heaven with Tessellation enabled - those are the only things to drop me below 60 fps (yes, including Crysis 1.2.1)

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