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Saturday, 25 September 2010 10:18

XFX Secret Weapon tested - HD 5970 Black Edition - 12. Overclocking, Consumption, Thermals

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Eyefinity 6 and 4GB memory



Unfortunately, we must admit we expected better results in overclocking XFX’s HD 5970 Black Edition. We pushed the GPU from 850MHz to 890MHz, which is 40MHz higher than the card’s original clocks but 165MHz higher than the reference card’s clocks. After our overclocking, the memory ran at 1280MHz (5120MHz effectively), which is 1120MHz higher than on the reference card. Overclocking helped the card score from 4-10% higher on gaming tests.

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As far as consumption goes, it goes without saying that an overclocked HD 5970 will consume more than a reference card, but at least idle consumption is identical. We measured our entire rig’s consumption (without the monitor). Note that our motherboard consumes quite a lot (in turn offering overclocking stability) so it is probably an overkill if you’re not using it to its full potential.

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In idle operation, HD 5970 Black Edition is louder than the reference card. It runs a bit louder than the reference card during operation, but both HD 5970 are still too loud for our taste.

XFX’s custom designed cooling and PCB have paid off bigtime when it comes to thermals. In fact, thermals are much better than on the reference HD 5970, as you can see from the picture below.

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-6 #1 Jaberwocky 2010-09-25 10:39
This card is crackers.For half the money you could Tri SLI 3no GTX 460's.Overclock them and get the same performance with the same amount of monitor ports.
 
 
-23 #2 Tr0y 2010-09-25 11:00
ATI sucks.
 
 
+6 #3 Tr0y 2010-09-25 11:01
NVidia sucks.
 
 
-17 #4 Tr0y 2010-09-25 11:01
Fudzilla sucks - especially their "Add comment" function.
 
 
+15 #5 P1n3apqlExpr3ss 2010-09-25 11:20
Quoting Jaberwocky:
This card is crackers.For half the money you could Tri SLI 3no GTX 460's.Overclock them and get the same performance with the same amount of monitor ports.


Thing is you cant tri-SLI 460's :P
 
 
+9 #6 Alexko 2010-09-25 15:01
And no matter how many GTX 460s you SLI, you can't play on 3 displays, let alone 6.

You'd probably be better off with a pair of those: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102888&cm_re=Radeon_HD_5870_Eyefinity-_-14-102-888-_-Product But they're still expensive.

If you want that kind of performance, just wait for the HD 6870, it shouldn't be more than a couple of months away, now.
 
 
+9 #7 Truhls 2010-09-25 16:20
Man i dont care about the GPU, i just want the GPU case holder lol.
 
 
0 #8 jonny80s 2010-09-25 21:50
Sli a couple of 480s, better performance and physics. Who runs 6 monitors?

Crazy flight sim gurus do, but I doubt they would be dumping their money on these.

Nice card though, run that and a 250 for physics.... good to go.
 
 
+6 #9 Super XP 2010-09-26 03:19
I don't know about you guys but I rather wait for the newer HD 6800 series. I think this XFX card while being a awesome card is a little too late in the game. That price is just way too much...
 
 
+6 #10 Marburg_U 2010-09-26 06:35
I would have liked to see this thing compared to the Asus Ares.
 

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