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The Radeon HD 5970 is the current flagship graphics card from ATI.

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fastest graphics card on earth

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supports CrossFireX for the truly insane

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comes with 2GB of DDR5 memory

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built on the latest 40nm process

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improved power consumption over the 4870 x2 or any crossfire config - intelligently turns off a GPU when it is not required

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exhausts heat outside of the case

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bragging rights

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designed for overclocking

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next-gen DirectX 11 capable

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Eyefinity multi-display - can drive up to 3 displays (7680 x 1600px resolution)

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quiet stock cooler

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designed with the best components

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extremely long at 12.1" - requires a large case to fit

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consumes a huge amount of power at load, turns it into a heap of heat

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The Radeon HD 5970 is the current flagship graphics card from ATI. This dual GPU card is the successor to the Radeon HD 4870 X2, which also contains two processor cores on a single card. The card comes with 2GB of DDR5 RAM, which has a total memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s. The clockspeed is set at 775MHz, but can be overclocked for additional performance. DirectX 11 is fully supported for compatibility with the latest games. The Radeon HD 5970 is designed to compete with Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295. According to various expert reviews, the Radeon HD 5970 outperforms both its predecessor and Nvidia's flagship card by significant margins. Power consumption is listed at 294 watts maximum, and 54 watts when idle. The ATI Radeon HD 5970 is available from numerous graphics card manufacturers for approximately $600.

  • Codename: Hemlock
  • Cores: 2
  • Core clock: 2 x 725MHz
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB
  • Memory clock: 1000MHz
  • Process: 40nm
  • Stream processors: 2 x 1600
  • TMUs: 2 x 80
  • ROPs: 2 x 32
  • DirectX 11
  • Shader model: SM5.0
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