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Saturday, 25 September 2010 10:18

XFX Secret Weapon tested - HD 5970 Black Edition - 3. A closer look at HD 5970 Black Edition

Written by Sanjin Rados

Review: Eyefinity 6 and 4GB memory

We’re talking about a limited number of cards (1000 units) with serious pricing, but we do believe that they will find their place. For US$1000 you get a HD 5970 4GB that’s different from the rest of the HD 5970 2GB/4GB pack by its six video outs (Eyefinity 6) and is a dual slot card, rather than a triple-slot one. XFX’s card is 30.8cm long, just like the reference card.


As you can see from the picture, the cooler is not the reference solution and should thus cool the two Cypress XT cores much better.

The distance between the cores on the PCB is bigger than on the reference card and the fan is placed in the center rather than at the end of the card.

Beneath the hood are two aluminum heatsinks sitting on copper GPU blocks with three copper heatpipes going.

HD 5970 4GB Black Edition is an Eyefinity edition card, meaning it comes with six video outs. We're talking about six mini-DisplayPort connectors but we'll talk more on Eyefinity soon.
XFX designed the card to run as fast as possible and crunching ultra high resolutions needs some serious overclocking. Compared to the reference card, the GPU runs 125MHz faster and the memory is 200MHz faster (800MHz effectively). The memory in question is Hynix H5GQ1H24AFR T2C.


The card comes with a CrossFire connectors, although it's a bit hard to imagine anyone buying two of these cards. Still, as our experience showed, you never know. Overclock and 4GB of memory spell higher consumption so the card is powered via two 8-pin connectors, unlike the reference card that uses 6-pin and 8-pin connectors.

It supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 4, ShaderModel 5.0, PCI-Express 2.0, DirectCompute 5.0, GPU video acceleration and 7.1 audio (including Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio).

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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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