Summary: ASUS has delivered a fantastic ATI Radeon HD 5870 based video card with the option to manually tweak GPU voltages. SmartDoctor worked easily, and with voltage modification allowed us to achieve above 1GHz GPU frequencies improving performance. One area we would like to see SmartDoctor support on video cards, such as this, is memory voltage tweaking and overclocking.
Summary: Today we look at ASUS’s brand new, voltage tweakable and highly overclockable EAH5870 based on AMD’s new ATI Radeon HD 5870. With the ability to increase the core voltage we cannot wait to see how high it will go, but first we must see how it compares to its rivals in some of the latest and most demanding games.
Summary: Radeon HD 5870 is without doubt, the most exiting thing that happened to consumer graphics in H2 2009, so far. While as a single graphics card, it lived up to its target of coarsely matching the performance level of a dual-GPU accelerator from the previous generation, in a pair it offers the kind of performance increments we have come to expect from multi-GPU setups of powerful GPUs.
Pros: Blistering performance at high resolutions, Support for DirectX 11, DirectX 10.1, Some things just look better in pairs™, Low idle power consumptions of each card makes overall idle power draw comfortable, Excusably quiet in idle, GDDR5 memory, Support for software based voltage control, Support for AMD EyeFinity Technology, Native HDMI & DisplayPort, Improvements to integrated HDMI audio device
Cons: Not meant for resolutions lower than 1080p, Requires a CrossFire supportive motherboard with two PCI-Express slots, At its high price, it loses competiveness, In a pair, HD 5870 heats up the case pretty bad, DirectX 11 won't be relevant for quite a while, No support for CUDA / PhysX