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Review: Sapphire HD 5870 and HIS HD 5970: multi-monitor gaming goodness with ATI Eyefinity

by Parm Mann on 23 November 2009, 13:45

Tags: Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB, HiS Radeon HD 5970 2GB (10.2), AMD (NYSE:AMD), Sapphire, HiS Graphics

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Introduction

HEXUS put AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5970 through its paces last week, and concluded that it's simply the fastest gaming card money can currently buy.

Trouble is, the dual-GPU monster, pictured below, laughed in the face of most of our benchmarks, spitting out high framerates at resolutions of up to 2,560x1,600.

With theoretical compute performance in excess of four trillion calculations per second, a memory bandwidth of 256GB/s, and a texture fillrate of 116GTexels/s, the card was able to spit out over 100 frames per second in titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. And that's at our highest resolution with detail set to maximum.

Clearly, we need something else to determine what this beast is really capable of. So, how about a triple-monitor gaming setup facilitated by ATI Eyefinity technology? Want to know exactly how well the Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5970 cope at 5,760x1,080? Read on.