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    First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    A monster card in the works.
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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Crikey Guvnor! One heck of a monster card that looks like.
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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Unsurprisingly, it's insanely expensive.

    Don't think it's value for money myself, £550 for a 5970 2GB and £800 5970 4GB is a massive gap - £250 could be spent on a fair few other things as a priority. There might be a market from Eyefinity users who reckon they're filling the framebuffer, but I doubt it's a large one.

    And if we're spending £800 on graphics, why not a 5970 2GB + 5850 Trifire... my money's on that outperforming a 5970 4GB

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Unsurprisingly, it's insanely expensive.

    Don't think it's value for money myself, £550 for a 5970 2GB and £800 5970 4GB is a massive gap - £250 could be spent on a fair few other things as a priority. There might be a market from Eyefinity users who reckon they're filling the framebuffer, but I doubt it's a large one.

    And if we're spending £800 on graphics, why not a 5970 2GB + 5850 Trifire... my money's on that outperforming a 5970 4GB
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    If its £800, you might as well ignore it and just decide between 1 or 2 standard 5970s. One saves you a lot of cash for a marginal speed penalty, two costs you a bit more (if you can afford 800 on a gfx card, you can stretch to 1100 ) and will give substantially better performance.
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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Only 2 dvis and a display port? Would have thought this would have been perfect for 6 display port connections.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    whens the hexus comp coming to win this Baby then????????


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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Quote Originally Posted by mikemikemi View Post
    Only 2 dvis and a display port? Would have thought this would have been perfect for 6 display port connections.
    And one is in the works right now. A Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 TOXIC 4GB Eyefinity Edition, we believe.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    And if we're spending £800 on graphics, why not a 5970 2GB + 5850 Trifire... my money's on that outperforming a 5970 4GB
    The 5970 GPUs would clock down to the 5850 level in performance. Always takes the performance of the lowest card in Crossfire, like it does also in SLI.

    I can't see this card being very good for GPU simulation - it'd kick out too much heat constantly, which I already have a problem with.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Too much power requirement - 2 x 8pins! eekk.. that electricity bill will go thru the roof!

    And, too many fans = noise! Things need to run cooler.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Quote Originally Posted by borandi View Post
    The 5970 GPUs would clock down to the 5850 level in performance. Always takes the performance of the lowest card in Crossfire, like it does also in SLI.

    I can't see this card being very good for GPU simulation - it'd kick out too much heat constantly, which I already have a problem with.
    Not really, a 5970 is pretty much a pair of 5850s in the first place.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    I thought the 5970 was 2 5870's clocked down because of thermal limitations ?
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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    I thought the 5970 was 2 5870's clocked down because of thermal limitations ?
    Yeah pretty much, so a trifire 5970 + 5850 setup wouldn't clock down very much at all.

    Whatever the case, I still maintain it would destroy a 4GB 5970 in benchmarks.

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    Re: First looks - We have hands-on time with Sapphire's AMD Radeon HD 5970 4GB

    Anyone remember the gtx 295 Mars from Asus?

    I doubt it will see any significant numbers in retail due to very likely low demand and not to forget price.

    Good try by ati for trying to take something from nvidias launch but this card is a beautiful piece of crowning jewellery thats too heavy and too expensive to wear.

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