Summary: By the same token, idle power draw was minimal, a scant 140W. The bottom line with the XFX Radeon HD 5870 is simple: You get world-leading 3D gaming performance, minimal power usage when you’re not gaming, and a warranty that offers you peace of mind if the card dies. What’s not to like (other than the price tag)?
Excerpt: The ATI Radeon HD 5870 board from ATI actually gave us our first glimpse of the Evergreen line-up that delivered DirectX 11 to the home market. ATI always intended to make a significant splash, unveiling a 2.15 billion transistor leviathan (even the former heavyweight the GeForce GTX 280 offered a comparatively meek 1.4 billion transistors) that delivered stunning amounts of power.