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: 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: When looking at the 5970 there is one issue we need to get out of the way first, the name the company have chosen to use. As a whole AMD are a nightmare for over complicating their product naming conventions for consumers ... releasing Athlon’s that would be better called Phenom’s or chipsets where a higher model number doesn’t necessarily mean better features or improved performance.
Excerpt: AMD's "Sweet Spot" GPU strategy over the last few years has been fairly predictable. Instead of producing the biggest, most powerful GPU possible--yields be damned--the company sets out to produce a relatively high-end GPU, using a cutting edge fabrication process, that hits a proverbial sweet spot between cost and performance.
Pros: Extreme Performance, ATI Eyefinity Support, DirectX 11 Support, Good Power Consumption, Great Image Quality
Cons: Pricey, Freakin' Huge!, DX11 Not Prevalent, Yet
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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