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Thursday, 26 November 2009 00:00
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Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 2GB Overclock Edition review
Radeon HD 5800 architecture
Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 2GB Overclock Edition
Test setup, synthetic benchmarks
STALKER: Call of Pripyat, ET:QW
Left 4 Dead, Crysis
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Power, temperature, noise
Overclocking, Conclusions

Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 2GB Overclock Edition review

Things certainly don't get any easier for NVIDIA in the desktop graphics market these days, do they?  After flooding (well, attempting to flood, a plan short-circuited by TSMC's continuing 40 nanometre yield issues) the market with both high-end and mid-range DirectX 11 graphics boards, AMD last week turned their attentions to the enthusiast segment via the Radeon HD 5970, strapping two "Cypress" CPUs onto a single board, codenaming it "Hemlock" and grinning from ear to ear as it predictably came away with the single graphics board performance crown.

Of course, this is all well and good in itself, but the question you're probably asking yourself right now is "do I need a Radeon HD 5970 for my requirements?", perhaps followed by "should I consider it against simply joining two Radeon HD 5870 boards in CrossFire?" if you're really serious about pulling in the best possible gaming performance.  Well, luckily we're here to answer both of those questions today, squeezing Sapphire's Radeon HD 5970 tightly into our chassis to see just what being a performance leader in the graphics market means in late 2009.

 
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