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    Today we look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 OC. Yes, it is a dual-GPU, single PCB card. And it has a new naming scheme, no longer following the "X2" moniker. And yes, it is an overclocked version. The Sapphire HD 5970 OC is an absolute behemoth, from its gaming horsepower, to its size, weight, cooling technology, and price tag. It is big, it is brash, and and it is entirely unapologetic. Let's take a look at the fastest gaming card on the planet.






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    Nice review Jake! This card is definitely going to be at the top for a while! It's too bad that they had to take off the HDMI port and shrink the DisplayPort though.

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    Great review ! very fast card, it's to bad immature drivers caused problems during our review. It seems every site testing this card, ran into this problem.

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    Well done Jake another superb review 1 error though "GTS295" or "GTX295" ???


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    This is a game that appears to favour Nvidia cards, though the Sapphire 5970 OC has more than enough grunt to eclipse the GTX 295 and produce excellent framerates.
    I do know some games code written to optimize Nvidia chips, now ATI back into the game and when the drive getting mature we will see a lot performance improvement.

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    Bully, thanks for the sharp eye there, it has been updated. I should get you to edit my reviews!

    Yes, I ran into a couple technical issues which prevented 1920 resolution testing and overclocking, my apologies. Sapphire is working on a fix with us, and I will try to update results when complete.

    In the meantime, I can tell you this card is awesome and crazy all at once. BIG in every way. Sapphire has done an excellent job with this OC Edition.

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    In ARMA 2, we see that the 5970 OC struggles to keep playable framerates up at only 1280 resolution, as this game is an absolute card-killer like no other. In fact, all cards get thumped by ARMA 2, so no real disappointment here, although we were dismayed by the lack of performance improvements over the single-GPU 5870.
    It's not that it isnt doing better, it's that you've got a CPU bottleneck limiting your frames. I'm sure if the CPU got bumped up, the frames would go up.

    I was honestly surprised that more games weren't hit with a bottleneck.

    good review! that's a monster of a GPU.

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    Well, in our gaming value review, we saw the overclocking didn't make a huge difference. To be honest, I think it's a Crossfire issue with the game itself. I heard a rumor that a specific command needed to be entered in the game to "enable" Crossfire. I've tried a few things and searched, but no luck. I also saw another review that reported the same results as us. Does anyone know if there's any validity to this, and if so, how to enable Crossfire for ARMA 2?

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    I'll try that. Crossfire is working, but ARMA 2 isn't recognizing. I'll give it a go and report back.

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    Won't work. I have the Steam version of ARMA 2, and if I change the .exe to crysis.exe for example, Steam says the game isn't available (presumably because it cannot find the proper exe file).

    Well that sucks.

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    Just my thought and Mind if i ask why is GTX295 only included in some test and not consistently carried across the games?

    I thought it will show more contrasting difference between ATI's current Gen dual GPUs vs nvidia's dual GPU throughout

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    Good question Bully.

    I don't have the GTX 295 in my possession anymore, so I wasn't able to run all the tests. As new games come out, older (and newer) cards need to be completely retested from scratch, and it takes quite a long time to update the test suite with each and every card. I try to keep as many older cards on hand for this, but occasionally a card is a loaner, and that was the case with the GTX 295. So I unfortunately don't have one any longer to update with newer games. Sorry

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    Thanks Sky, that's fine no problems

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