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Saturday, 25 September 2010 10:18

XFX Secret Weapon tested - HD 5970 Black Edition - 13. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Eyefinity 6 and 4GB memory



The $1000/€1000 price, here, is serious dough and many of us would never splash out that much on a graphics card, despite the fact that XFX's HD 5970 4GB Black Edition is every gamer's dream. However, XFX didn't aim at the general masses with this card but rather at collectors and enthusiasts that like their graphics extra saucy. Indeed, XFX HD 5970 4GB Black Edition is one of the fastest cards around at the moment, not least helped by overclocking and the extra 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

XFX so far made sure that everyone knows what the company’s secret weapon is, and built a site that’s there to promote these beasts. You can check it out here.

Our hat is off to XFX for one of the most imaginative packages we’ve seen – HD 5970 4GB Black Edition comes inside a plastic package resembling a P-90 gun and comes with a specially designed LAN Party bag. This is not the first time XFX has managed to surprise everyone with quality of packaging, but what’s inside is capable of blowing anyone away.

Note however, that XFX’s HD 5970 Black Edition is much more than mere overclock of any HD 5970. Black Edition card comes with six video outs and, unlike the reference card with its three video outs, will take up to 6 monitors simultaneously. Thanks to the factory overclock, gaming performance is exquisite.

We were impressed with both the looks and performance, although we didn’t quite like the pricing and noise levels in idle and in 3D. However, XFX’s HD 5970 2GB Black Edition is the fastest card we’ve tested so far.

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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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