Feeds
65%
Sapphire Radeon HD 5970

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5970 two-GPU graphics card

Serious performance, serious price

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

So there we have it. An HD 5870 has prodigious performance and HD 5970 goes a step further. The HIS package costs £520 and consists of the graphics card, a voucher for Dirt 2, a DVI-to-VGA adaptor, a DVI-to-HDMI adaptor, said mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort adaptor and power adaptors for both six- and eight-pin connectors.

Battle Forge 1.1 Results
1920 x 1080, Very High Quality

Sapphire Radeon HD 5970

Average framerate in frames per second (f/s)
Longer bars are better

In addition, HIS includes a basic tool kit - screwdrivers and torch - and a limited number of HIS cards will come with an iClear card that claims to reduce interference between your sound card and graphics card. We have no idea whether this is a valid claim or pure hokum.

The Sapphire HD 5970 costs £530 - so a pound extra for each of those extra megahertz of clock speed - and includes the same adaptors and Dirt 2 voucher, but you get something extra on the CD: a copy of Sapphire's Redline utility.

When it comes to overclocking the HD 5970 is more interesting than you might expect. Most graphics cards will overclock by at least ten per cent unless they are a factory overclocked model that is already close to its limits.

AMD makes something of a song and dance about the fact the HD 5970 is unlocked for overclocking – surely just like every other graphics chip on the market - and the OverDrive settings in the Catalyst drivers have maximum settings of 1GHz core speed and 6GHz for the memory speed.

Far Cry 2 Results
1920 x 1080, Ultra High Quality

Sapphire Radeon HD 5970

Average framerate in frames per second (f/s)
Longer bars are better

That’s a huge step from 725MHz - or 735MHz - but we found that the Sapphire would only overclock to 750MHz/4400MHz, while the HIS went a little further, to 790MHz/4400MHz.

Application security programs and practises

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.