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HIS sends their HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo into the race for the best custom designed HD 5870. In addition to the new iCooler V heatsink you get improved clock speeds over the AMD reference design and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as game bundle.

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I wonder why the idle fan speed is so high? hopefully they will have an updated bios to fix that. Great review wizz!
 

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These 3rd party designs are proving to be the point where the original designs are best for Tweaking. aka the Stock 5870 could be fitted with a different cooler and probably stay quieter and overclock harder than what HIS or Sapphire could release.
 

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ATI has reasonable tempreture while loading... unlike latest Nvidia card..
 
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Do you keep every Evergreen you test or do you send some back? If the former is true, haven't you run out of space yet? ;p
Nice review
 

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what no voltage controller? it shame that, now day, custom PCB = crappy, lower cost PCB.
 

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8.9?! I have to dispute that score. Surely, the lack of a voltage control should get it a -1 automatically? And the fact that it is louder and more expensive with little bonus over stock should get it more negative scores? Otherwise, the review is great as always.
 
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I'd go for a vanilla, stock version though..


OT:

Crysis - "Enemies in a car can be stopped by shooting the tire of the car.".. really, how many of you have done that stunt like in the intro CG..
 
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Great review Wizz.Shame My 4870 is still better in the performance to dollar section.Maybe I will wait for 6800 in June I hope.:toast:
 
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Nice review as always - i must say i really like the clock profiles section (can't remember seeing that before), which is a brilliant addition to the reviews. One suggestion i would make is to check what profile is used if you plug 2 hd or better resolution monitors into the card and to quickly check if that causes flickering at 2d speeds, which is a problem with the 5k series (2d core clock speed needs a boost to be able to handle the monitors else you get flickering in windows 7 aero enabled when maximising/minimising windows and other simple tasks).
 
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Crysis - "Enemies in a car can be stopped by shooting the tire of the car.".. really, how many of you have done that stunt like in the intro CG..
Did that once i think. :D
 
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#12
Hey Wiz, nice review again...

Have you had a chance to look at the Asus HD5870 V2: Same basic cooler design to the original Phoenix, just all copper HS and larger Delta fan. Also this version has a 6 and 8 pin power solution instead of 2 6pin sockets.

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=iAXaiw2KfP5w0xU0&templete=2


Any plans for a review?
 
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These 3rd party designs are proving to be the point where the original designs are best for Tweaking. aka the Stock 5870 could be fitted with a different cooler and probably stay quieter and overclock harder than what HIS or Sapphire could release.
Yeah, this is what I was thinking, I just ordered a V2 Asus 5870, with full voltage control and copper phoenix style cooler with larger Delta fan. Hopefully should be cooler and therefore fan will spin slower (less noise).

If not I'll just replace cooler with Arctic Cooling Accelero later on. At least I don't get a cut down version with no voltage adjustments.

More expensive than my first 5870 ($379) Ahh well, cheaper than the GTX 480. I just could not see reason in parting with over $500 for the 480....

Overclocked 5870 should give me the same gaming experience at 1920x1200 any way...
 
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i get mine tomorrow :)
Any chance of some photos and perhaps your thoughts on noise levels when at full load?
 
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Any chance of some photos and perhaps your thoughts on noise levels when at full load?
yeah, wont get it untill like around 7pm but ill also still be at work :( but ill see if im not to tired to put it in after i get out at 11pm :)
 
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yeah, wont get it untill like around 7pm but ill also still be at work :( but ill see if im not to tired to put it in after i get out at 11pm :)
OK, that's cool.

Looks like I snagged the last one on Newegg today, they're on backorder now. Perhaps I might even gut mine by tomorrow :)

Replacing a couple of Hawk 5770's that I had running in crossfire (too much bother to get running well and low minimum framerates)....
 
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more expensive, noisier and only 1-2% faster - no worth it IMO.

damn good review as usual!!! :)
 

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more expensive, noisier and only 1-2% faster - no worth it IMO.

damn good review as usual!!! :)
Best to get a Stock 5870, if your worried about noise output, slap a different cooler on it and Run Rivatuner for overclocking the unit.
 
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I say again. Battlefield Bad Company 2 please.
 

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i have one of these cards right here next to me... pity its not mine, and i'm not allowed to use it.

8.9?! I have to dispute that score. Surely, the lack of a voltage control should get it a -1 automatically? And the fact that it is louder and more expensive with little bonus over stock should get it more negative scores? Otherwise, the review is great as always.
actually, its the cheapest one here in Au... go figure. dont forget you get MW2 as well, so if you dont own that already, you're getting quite a discount.
 

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actually, its the cheapest one here in Au... go figure. dont forget you get MW2 as well, so if you dont own that already, you're getting quite a discount.
How come its the cheapest in Au? Surely stock is cheaper? And since that everyone who doesn't hate MW2 have bought the game, I don't see how that translate to discount, I see that Activision is trying to squeeze more money out of our already empty pockets.
 
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i agree with this
HIS has opted to stay with the 6+6 pin PCI-Express connector configuration used by AMD on their reference designs. While we have seen some AIBs use 6+8 pin this is not needed and pure marketing.
when i researched my 6 pin PCI-Express connector for my card(to make sure i could plug my psu directly into it without the adaptor) all the extra pins where just grounds and weren't needed, and i cant personaly see them ever being needed
 

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i agree with this when i researched my 6 pin PCI-Express connector for my card(to make sure i could plug my psu directly into it without the adaptor) all the extra pins where just grounds and weren't needed, and i cant personaly see them ever being needed
if it came down to it you could always fab your own chassis ground wires