Conclusion: On average the Radeon HD 5970 was 53% faster than the GeForce GTX 295 at 2560x1600. Even removing the top three tests where the Radeon led with the biggest margins (BattleForge, Enemy Territory and Street Fighter IV), the HD 5970 still ended up some 34% faster than the GTX 295. It's easy to conclude from there that the Radeon HD 4870 X2 presented no contention whatsoever, and that ATI's latest dual-GPU Radeon can claim the title of the fastest graphics card currently in...
Conclusion: The dual-GPU ATI Radeon HD 5970 is the current king of graphics cards, delivering front-of-the-pack performance in every benchmark test. But its sky-high price—and uncommon length—may be prohibitive for many.
Conclusion: Although our rating and final score are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at different points in time. While we do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that would render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Fastest DirectX 11 compatible graphics accelerator available, Consumes 48W at idle and 299W under full load, Eyefinity Technology through DisplayPort and DVI (x2), Outstanding performance for ultra high-end games, Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case, 3200 GPU cores (total) at 725 MHz, 2 GB of 1000 MHz 256-bit GDDR5 vRAM, Highly overclockable Hemlock GPUs, Very-quiet cooling fan under loaded operation, Supports CrossFireX functionality
Cons: 12.1" Long graphics card may not fit some cases, Maximum post-processing Anti Aliasing is limited to 8x, Very expensive premium-level product
Summary: As far as we are concerned all expectations have been met with the Radeon HD 5970, and while we are happy with the performance displayed today, we feel there is more to come. Often we feel that too much emphasis is placed on the drivers when looking at new graphics cards, as we hear time and time again that performance will greatly improve as the drivers mature, which is not always the case.
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Conclusion: Overall, there can be no doubting the power and speed of the new Radeon HD 5970. It is simply blazing fast, and as far as single graphics cards go, nothing in the market comes close. The previous speed king, the GeForce GTX 295, has been utterly outclassed by ATI's newest dual-GPU offering. What's more, it does so by offering very impressive levels of power efficiency. In our tests, it easily overpowered the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 and was on average about 20% faster.