Tuesday, April 27th 2010

Sapphire Launches Radeon HD 5970 4GB TOXIC Graphics Card

Leading graphics supplier, SAPPHIRE Technology, has begun sampling the world’s fastest graphics card, the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 4G TOXIC Edition. Previewed at CeBit 2010, the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 4G TOXIC Edition has 4GB of fifth generation GDDR5 memory, a total of 3200 stream processors and 160 texture units and runs with world leading clock speeds of 900MHz core and 1200MHz for memory (4.8GHz effective). This is significantly faster than the standard model, and makes the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 4GB TOXIC Edition not only the fastest card in its class, but the fastest in the world.

With twice the computing power of the highly acclaimed SAPPHIRE HD 5870 Series, this new HD 5970 model shares all the exciting features of the HD 5000 family – including support for the DirectCompute 11 instruction set of Microsoft DirectX 11, hardware tessellation and multi threaded communication with the system CPU. It also enables the acceleration of applications supported by ATI Stream, and the ability to display across three monitors simultaneously with ATI Eyefinity. All of this comes with a modest active power consumption and ATI Powerplay Dynamic Power Management to achieve super-low power consumption in 2D and idle modes.

The card is cooled by a customised solution from Arctic Cooling with nickel plated heatpipes and fins, featuring three low-noise dual ball bearing fans and developed specially to mate with the SAPPHIRE original design pcb. This efficient solution also provides scope for further performance tuning.

All of the SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series cards have an on board hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder) considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files. In the SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series the UVD has been enhanced to be able simultaneously to decode two 1080p HD video streams and to be able to display HD video in high quality with Windows Aero mode enabled. HDMI capability has also been upgraded to HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series is supported by AMD's DirectX 11 WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Vista which delivers support for all of the key DirectX 11 level features required for new gaming experiences and acceleration of next generation high performance applications.
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38 Comments on Sapphire Launches Radeon HD 5970 4GB TOXIC Graphics Card

#2
Easo
Me want... Badly...
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#3
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
This card clearly needs more fans. Cooling is not sufficient until the fans draw more power than the GPU.
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#4
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Nice card! i cant wait to see what ATI has in store for the 6xxx series
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#5
wahdangun
wow, really wow

it's even have faster clock than refference HD 5870, i hope shapire don't limit this thing to 1000 piece, and price it like a moron
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#6
Cold Storm
Battosai
Tweaktown did a review on that monster a week or so ago

Man, if they do price it around what TT said.. I'm selling my two for that! :rockout:
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#7
HossHuge
That thing makes me wanna watch porn.
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#8
Lionheart
Hmmmmm I might be an idiot and get one of these awesome looking beasts lol :toast:
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#9
mdm-adph
by: Cold Storm
Tweaktown did a review on that monster a week or so ago

Man, if they do price it around what TT said.. I'm selling my two for that! :rockout:
Good lord, the 5970's got some untapped potential, if a simple overclocked Toxic card scores what it does in that review.
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#10
mdsx1950
Ok im gonna get it ASAP :cool: Not one but two :laugh:
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#11
mdsx1950
by: CHAOS_KILLA
Hmmmmm I might be an idiot and get one of these awesome looking beasts lol :toast:
"idiot" ? More like genius bro :toast:
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#12
mdsx1950
Wow i didnt expect such a big gap from the normal 5970. GTX 480 is in the dust lol. :rockout:

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#13
cauby
i hope w1z reviews one of those...
hell,this card has more fans than my entire case!
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#14
Lionheart
by: mdsx1950
Ok im gonna get it ASAP :cool: Not one but two :laugh:
HAHAHAH cheers Bro:toast:
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#15
mdsx1950


You gotta admit. That just makes you wanna buy the card so much :p
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Please excuse me, I need to go change my pants...
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#18
Lionheart
by: newtekie1
Please excuse me, I need to go change my pants...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA your not the only one bru:laugh:
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#19
_JP_
*Starts Firefox*
*Clicks on the TPU bookmark*
_JP_: Oh look! btarunr posted some more news! Let's see...
*Scrolls down*
_JP_: Hmm. Sapphire makes HD 5970 Toxic...Ok lets' see it...
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_JP_:
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#20
mtosev
hardcore looking card. and only 4gb of ram;D
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#21
D007
Wait for the 6xxx. Thing looks ridiculous IMO..lol.. I thought it was a joke at first.
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#22
mtosev
by: mdsx1950
Ok im gonna get it ASAP :cool: Not one but two :laugh:
you have too much money?
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#23
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I just realized it has 4gb of ram. That is as much ram as I have in my computer! Is that really necessary? Can anything actually utilize that?
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#24
NdMk2o1o
by: PVTCaboose1337
I just realized it has 4gb of ram. That is as much ram as I have in my computer! Is that really necessary? Can anything actually utilize that?
2gb per gpu isnt it? can only utilise 2gb of texture memory ?
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#25
newconroer
Hmm, not sure what the big deal is. Much like the 2GB Eyefinity card, it has very acute and obscure uses. The extra UNshared RAM is neither here nor there when (yet again) all the games tested run at 60fps or more.

For synthetics, yes this can help raise the scores, for real world..it's negligent.

Though I am curious to see if Crysis benefits at all when using 8X AA or higher.
Curious why Tweaktown left Crysis and Metro off their list.

With these types of cards, testers and reviewers need to pay attention to what they are doing.
Showing us a list of irrelevant games with a consistent 60fps is pointless. What they should be trying to represent, is how the additonal RAM affects game play. Does it smooth out texture loading? Does it reduce any stuttering? Does it help keep textures from lagging behind and showing up late? etc.

Unfortunately that's not as easy as just showing some graphs of a FRAPS run, but you'd think someone would at least try to tell us something WE DON'T ALREADY KNOW...

Price/performance? Hard to say. If you can afford the original 5970, then surely this is within your reach. How obtainable are these cards going to be? A 5970 is already somewhat scarce. Time will tell I suppose.
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