Monday, March 29th 2010

XFX Alters Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Design

First spotted at the CeBIT event, the XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 4 GB graphics card is taking a new shape with the company redesigning its cooler. The older design borrowed heavily from AMD's reference cooler design. Its CGI drawings were released to the press, although the real card with its older cooler was shown off at CeBIT. The HD 5970 Black Edition from XFX sports two AMD Cypress GPUs with 1600 stream processors each, 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across 2x 256-bit memory interfaces, clock-speeds on par with single-GPU Radeon HD 5870 (850/1200 MHz, core/memory), and added overclocking potential. It uses Eyefinity6 display outputs, to single-handedly run six full-HD displays, and multiple Eyefinity display groups.

"XFX have always developed the most powerful, versatile Gaming weapons in the world - and have just stepped up to the gaming plate and launched something spectacular that may well literally blow the current NVIDIA offerings clean away," said XFX, in a statement to Nordic Hardware. "GTX480 and GTX470 are upon us, but perhaps the time has come to Ferm up who really has the big Guns." XFX is targeting high-end consumers, the HD 5970 Black Edition is to be made in Limited Quantities, though available shortly. It is expected to be priced at US $1000.

Source: NordicHardware
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63 Comments on XFX Alters Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Design

#1
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
that looks to be a beast of a card. i dont imagine the average joe forking out 1K for it tho.
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#2
assaulter_99
Holy cow! Thats what I call overkill! ;) I'd gladly sell myself for one!
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#4
Marineborn
OMG! i need 2.....yes 2...I DONT KNOW WHY!!!.....*cries* *bursts into flames and douses self with saliva* GIVE ME NOW!
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Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
First of all, if you are going to spend $1000 on a graphics card, you either have too much money or you really need to get out of the house and find a girlfriend. Second, if the card has a non-reference PCB then I'd worry about overclocking limitations, as you won't be able to adjust voltage.
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Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
by: Marineborn
yes and a wife..LOL!
LOL. My comment was meant in general, and not directed specifically at you. :laugh:
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#8
pantherx12
I'd have buy a car to be honest XD
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Paulieg
First of all, if you are going to spend $1000 on a graphics card, you either have too much money or you really need to get out of the house and find a girlfriend.
Well, people spend $999 on Extreme Edition processors (things that are much smaller), so there's a market.
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#10
js01
Does XFX still sell nvidia cards?
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#12
js01
Strange in that article it sounded like they were bad mouthing Nvidia saying that the card will blow away all of Nvidia's offerings.
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#13
mdsx1950
I sure will get that card. I'll sell my 5970s and buy one of that and put some more cash later and get a 2nd one just to have 8GB of VRAM :p
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by: js01
Strange in that article it sounded like they were bad mouthing Nvidia saying that the card will blow away all of Nvidia's offerings.
Not saying it is completely true in every case but if they are correct then I would say... the truth hurts.
I guess XFX thought it was accurate and Nvidia should build a 640W card to out run it. :laugh: J/K fellas :D

Thats a monster card though to bad Ill never own one. I couldn't afford the rest of the system needed to push it. Never hurts to dream a little though. :toast:
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#15
toyo
A wife/gf/female thingy will cost you, in the long run, much more than a grand. And GPUs come with certificates, most females come already broken (even if the surface looks clean&shiny) and you must repair at them every day. Spending time with females result in small byproducts that will cost you even more $. Again, you will get nothing out of this...
It is also illegal to use wives in SLI/Xfire configurations, but there are places where it is permitted to have even Quad configs, however it is said that you cannot make use of them all at once. What stays hidden won't bother the neighbours, though...
Maybe the only good thing is that a GPU becomes obsolete much quicker than a good female, if you manage to find one, and you must buy another.
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Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
by: btarunr
Well, people spend $999 on Extreme Edition processors (things that are much smaller), so there's a market.
Of course there is a market. I'm just saying it's a crap load of cash for any computer component. I'd rather take the cash and spend a weekend in Aruba with the wife, but hey that's just me. :D

by: toyo
A wife/gf/female thingy will cost you, in the long run, much more than a grand. And GPUs come with certificates, most females come already broken (even if the surface looks clean&shiny) and you must repair at them every day. Spending time with females result in small byproducts that will cost you even more $. Again, you will get nothing out of this...
It is also illegal to use wives in SLI/Xfire configurations, but there are places where it is permitted to have even Quad configs, however it is said that you cannot make use of them all at once. What stays hidden won't bother the neighbours, though...
Maybe the only good thing is that a GPU becomes obsolete much quicker than a good female, if you manage to find one, and you must buy another.
Funniest thing I've read all day. On a serious note, I'm rather fond of my "small byproducts". They make my days brighter than any computer ever could.
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#17
human_error
by: js01
Strange in that article it sounded like they were bad mouthing Nvidia saying that the card will blow away all of Nvidia's offerings.
Well what they said is accurate - this card does beat fermi quite happily - xfx would prefer you to buy the card which gets them the biggest profit, and this card gets that for them due to its limited edition status and custom cooler design which allow them to charge a massive premium.

I'd never waste my money on a card like this as you could buy a standard 5970 and watercool it to get better speed and cooling than you would with this card, all for less money too.
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#18
assaulter_99
by: Paulieg
First of all, if you are going to spend $1000 on a graphics card, you either have too much money or you really need to get out of the house and find a girlfriend. Second, if the card has a non-reference PCB then I'd worry about overclocking limitations, as you won't be able to adjust voltage.
Haha! you got a point here! anyways, I'd never buy a card that costly, but if it was to given for free, then, that's another story! I'd be a lie if you told me you wouldn't take it! :toast:
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#19
pantherx12
by: Paulieg


Funniest thing I've read all day. On a serious note, I'm rather fond of my "small byproducts". They make my days brighter than and computer ever could.
Pfffft weenie :laugh:






In all seriousness, best post I've seen on this forum for a long time :toast:
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Paulieg
Of course there is a market. I'm just saying it's a crap load of cash for any computer component. I'd rather take the cash and spend a weekend in Aruba with the wife, but hey that's just me. :D
There's a 'premium' segment of pretty much every commodity, isn't there? When I was small, I used to LMAO over how grownups could spend $1000s on little shiny stones.
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Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
by: btarunr
There's a 'premium' segment of pretty much every commodity, isn't there? When I was small, I used to LMAO over how grownups could spend $1000s on little shiny stones.
I still LMAO on how us grownups could spend that kind of jack on "little shiny stones". Grown ups should spend money on creating memories. ;)
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#22
kid41212003
by: btarunr
There's a 'premium' segment of pretty much every commodity, isn't there? When I was small, I used to LMAO over how grownups could spend $1000s on little shiny stones.
Or for pictures that my low intelligent NOT able to understand its beautiful.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Paulieg
I still LMAO on how us grown ups could spend that kind of Jack on stones. Grown ups should spend money on creating memories. ;)
That's right, Micron Technology, Kingston, etc are looking good with demand going up this year. Time to buy stock. (spending money on creating memories).
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#24
assaulter_99
by: btarunr
That's right, Micron Technology, Kingston, etc are looking good with demand going up this year. Time to buy stock. (spending money on creating memories).
ROFL! That made my day! :laugh:
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Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
by: btarunr
That's right, Micron Technology, Kingston, etc are looking good with demand going up this year. Time to buy stock. (spending money on creating memories).
LOL. Any good parent understands what I mean. Sorry for going so off topic....
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