James Hutchinson writes: "AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card delivers high-end performance for a high-end price. If you're looking to flaunt the latest PC component or just want to future-proof your new PC, this is the way to do it."
Looks like I'm gonna have to upgrade my PSU before grabbing two of these babies. :(
294W ain't that bad. It trumped the GTX 295 in every gaming test.
It's always fun to realize that the fps provided by graphics cards outpace many monitors' refresh rates.
well that all depends on the resolution. Theres also those 120hz monitors on the market.
This card is nuts...
this cards insane.. i am waiting on supplies to get here.
92.7 on Crysis. They didn't put what monitor res though so all those recorded frames are kinda unreliable.
i saw the benchmark at anandtech this beast does near 55fps (65 when OC) on crysis warhead @ 1920*1200 4xaa everything being maxxed out. considering my 4870x2 manages 30fps.. thats a pretty good jump.
I think you mean, "92.70 on FarCry 2". Because the table shows Crysis as only 41.37 fps.
HA you're right. No wonder, I was going "WTF ZOMG 92.7 FOR CRYSIS" but it's only 41.37. Still, that is a LOT better than what any card can put out right now. I get about 30 with medium settings and 1900x1200 and no AA but I prefer to play at a lower res (something like 1600x1200) with max settings and 4xAA and I seem to get very little framerate hiccups.
I want one of those thing in my PC.
There's no point having this card with no dx11 games around. I'm gonna wait until 1st quarter 2010. ATI will surely spit a new 5xxx card out by then with cheaper 5970's.
If the hardware isn't supported, there wont *be* many DX11 games. I'll be snapping one up the moment I can afford one.
A killer card, but I'll stick with my reasonably priced 5850.
well, you can't get them anyway. I have been trying to get since it released and I haven't got any luck yet.
I've seen this thing up close and it is BIG. Significantly larger than the HD 4870 x2 which was a behemoth to begin with.
I saw this card up close and it's BIG. It is significantly larger than the HD 4870 x2 - and that was a behemoth to begin with!
So in addition to a new power supply, I also need a new case? I'm going back to my Xbox 360. lol
you do realise this is for the hi-end market... ppl buying this gpu probably already have full tower casings. comparing this to an xbox are we? its like comparing a ferrari against a kia. even a 100usd gpu outperforms xbox now. so yea if you wanna stay in the past and pay high prices for your gaming then sure stay with the xbox.
Whatever. Most multi-format games don't look *that* much different on a PC. Plus, the Xbox 360 is like, 5 years old. OF COURSE it's not going to match a brand new state-of-the-art PC. But it does a pretty good job imo!
you probably havent seen games running on a pc to make claims like "dont look that much different" dont see a difference between 600p and 1080p? i got my 9800gtx 1yr back cost me like 170usd back then. that stomps xbox 360 in everyway. its a 2yr old card, which proves state of the art pc isnt required. even a midrange outclasses the xbox.
"Whatever. Most multi-format games don't look *that* much different on a PC" Ummm.. are you blind? Consoles have little to no AA. So when you play on your "HDTV" you see no jaggies. That's because it's not even HD (720p) or just HD(1080i/p). Most monitors have more than HD so when you play 360 or PS3 on a monitor you're going to see a metric buttload of jaggies. In fact, I just played Halo 3 on my 1900x1200 monitor on Foundry and everywhere I look it is horrible. No AA whatsoever. Most likely because it is 720p (which is standard for every monitor). And for multiplat games there is a BIG difference. Better... everything. lol Benchmarks prove it.
AU$999 is pretty steep for a graphics card. What does that work out to in US dollars?
its about 600usd in the usa. 750usd where i am at. its way out of my budget, though i do have a 9800gtx atm. I might upgrading that to a 5850 when nvidia releases their line up. waiting for a price drop.
This card is overkill unless you are planning on running 3 monitors for Eyefinity display. You also need a Uber fast CPU and fast memory to make this baby really fly.
"More Fermi Rumors - Not Good NVIDIA had a big get-together in Hong Kong last week where a lot of the NVIDIA upper brass was on hand. It is being rumored that the first "Fermi build kits" were supposed to be prepped to go out to AIBs but NVIDIA missed the mark on having its Fermi tech ready to pass off to builders. We also heard the "Gemini" name being batted around as well and this seems to be connected to a dual GPU Fermi card. We still feel as though NVIDIA is aiming for getting Fermi shipping by the last week of February, but still think it will miss this mark. HardOCP's best guess right now is late March with any quantity to speak and we are still giving NVIDIA about even odds of marking March. April 2010 is looking more reasonable to us at this time." I hope this is NOT true, however Hardocp normally is not too far off on their predictions. This sucks ass if this transpires because without Nvidia releasing their new part until late Feb or even later, it gives ATI no incentive to lower the price of its higher end GPU's. Competition drives the market. Nvidia say it aint so and get your ass in gear and PLEASE make your new upcoming GPU's not hint of 5800 Ultra fever.....
Over the course of history, nVidia and AMD have been competing in the graphics market. AMD releases something, nVidia beats it. AMD releases something, nVidia beats it, again. This is at a performance:price ratio. You're right though. People don't really have incentive to buy this card unless they have some super crazy PC. Plus there are hardly any DX11 compatible games right now. The only one I could think of off the top of my head is DiRT2. Even now with the upcoming release of DX11 games there are hardly any games that utilize DX10 to it's full potential. A lot of games are still using DX9 and it still looks great. I'm holding out until nVidia releases their next series (300 series or whatever they decide to call it) and see how it stacks up to the 5970. But I'm betting nVidia will outdo AMD once again.
Yup, that's usually the trend I've been seeing for the last generation and the one before. Nvidia is usually performance king and most likely beats the AMD/ATI Cards. However what keeps AMD in business both CPU/GPU wise is that they know how to offer a the bang-for-buck pricing. And that is why competition is so wonderful. I wouldn't be surprised if Nvidia pulled another "8800GT" on AMD with a 2nd gen card that blows away everything but the top-tier cards at a wonderful price. Then AMD/ATI turns around and does it back to Nvidia.
Nvidia for sure will have the faster card then the 5870 or the 5970 when the 300 series is released and if they get their dual GPU out also. No doubt about it. The problem is for Nvidia is by the time that card is released it enters AMD's refresh GPU cycle where AMD will have a faster 5970/5980 waiting to beat it.
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