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SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 3200 (1600 x 2) Stream Processors
  • 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • jordan D.
  • 12/6/2012 9:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo hot, bad catalyst

Pros: Kinda powerfull, honestly the prototype for dual GPU's in my opinion.

Cons: Runs above 80C on average after a year of using it with no overclocking.

Will probelly die soon.. Though kudos for it being built like a tank, it sure can put up with alot of heat, however i'm pretty confident this $650 card will be dead in another year.. 3 years for $650.. no thanks.

Have to run the fans at 70% to be able to play battlefield 3, or else it peaks to 95C and crashes my computer.

Other Thoughts: wish I went with XFX for their return policy.

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  • Bunmee Y.
  • 1/14/2011 10:40:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssuperbadas$

Pros: eats everthing i throw at it. wish drivers would work right, but this has been a problem of ati's/amd's for ages now. took 2days and acouple of six packs to finnally get it running without crashing.

Cons: needs to be xfired with hd5870 for additional performance, mines wont oc past 750core 1050mem with out artifacting. was going for broke and do a 5970 in quadfire but that doesnt work out too well, a triple cross fire set up will perform better. not really a con but, it still is the fastest single card out on the market right now. knocked an egg off due to junk drivers.

Other Thoughts: waiting on artic freezer heatsink, these things run hot, have to set fan on 45-50% if catalyst works half the time. really not an issue. i knew what i was getting into before i made the purchase. this card xfired with a hd5870 and a 4ghz cpu will keep up with any new card untill directx 12 releases with win8.
scores a 6300-6500oc on its own in 3dmark 11. 1090t at 4ghz,8gig 1333 ddr3 at 1600.

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  • Brian F.
  • 1/11/2011 8:24:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAn arm and a leg

Pros: Used this card in my first build. It runs pretty much anything I can throw at it at very close to max frame rate. Definitely does everything I ask of it.
I run the card with the fan around 40-45% depending on temps, and I see no problem with the sound, temps hover a little higher though at about 50 degrees.

Cons: the software is SOOOO bad. Like unbelievably bad. I have spent hours upon hours making sure I have the right drivers and trying to get the ATI suite up and running. It just doesn't happen. The only way I can control the fan at all is with MSI afterburner (made for other cards), and these efforts were not a one time deal. My efforts are often a few hours every couple of weeks. It's rather frustrating.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with this GPU but I often catch myself thinking why didnt I SLI 2 or 3 cheaper cards....

I give it a 4 out of 5 because it still makes me happy to run SC2, Warcraft, or MW at ultra everything without any lag.

All-in-all I regret not going nVidia, but I am not overly unhappy with this card.

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  • Charles S.
  • 12/22/2010 9:30:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNothing is perfect

Pros: Plays nice with DX11 games. Won't slow you down.

Cons: May not speed you up either. I replaced two 8800GT's in SLI with this card and played COD Modern Warfare. No difference. It is still taxed by graphically intense games. My 2 gb of memory and Core Duo 6750 proc probably bottleneck this is the big games like COD Modern Warfare 2 Black Ops (it plays okay but not butter-smooth) and Metro 2033, but I am still disappointed. I am finding it difficult to get the second core started in some games (specifically anything that is NOT a DX11 game)

Other Thoughts: Not worth the money time and energy spent trying to make it be the card it is supposed to be. If all you want is bragging rights and benchmarking glory, fine. If you actually want real world performance, get a couple of nvidia 470's in SLI and you'll be money ahead.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/15/2010 1:18:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs5970 is a great card.

Pros: -The card is a beast. its basicly two underclocked 5870's on one card.
-Fps on games are great
-decently cool in my case
-No DOA

Cons: -runs loud on 40% fan speed (upgrading to the arctic accelero sometime)
-big its about 13" long

Other Thoughts: when i first got this card i literally thought the box was going to be small. the box but it was bigger.. it came with the basic stuff, manual bridge, hdmi to dvi or dvi to vga

It fit my Antec p193 case just fine its no where near the extra harddrive bay so i can add the other fan

I played blackops, mw2, bfbc2, l4d1/2, sc2 and all of them run smoothly. on bfbc2 MP no aa/af dx11 everything on medium i get 100 fps easily during the game. SC2 i play marine arena i get about 40-100 fps depending on how many units are in the map. MW2 i get about 80-90fps. l4d1/2 on high no aa/af 300 simple, but for an odd reason on black ops MP i get about 40 fps flat I'm not sure if the servers are lagging or its just me.

runs 40*c idle 50-70* on bfbc2

OCZ Mainstream 700w
Antec P193 9 fans
i5 750 @ 3.23 GHZ OC
Asus ROG Maximus III Formula
Kingston HyperX 8gb 1600 (4x2gb) with Ram Fan
Samsung Cd Drive
Sapphire 5970 2gb
2 Intel X19-M 80GB SSD raid 0
750gb caviar black 7200rpm harddrive

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  • James C.
  • 12/14/2010 1:46:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsToo much heat

Pros: Bought this from my buddy
Pros:
-2 Cores, one AGP slot (2 expansion bays) as opposed to 2 cards using 2 AGP's and 2 expansion bays.
-3200 Streamers makes for incredible specular map detail and vividness
-Decent 3D speed (get a good CPU to go with this card... like 3.8+ and you'll be satisfied)
-Overclockable to at least 900MHz core and 1200MHz RAM (factory setting off dye, Underclocked for Sapphire) without too much work, although I would recommend some serious heat removal equipment for any overclock on this card whatsoever

Cons: -Excessive (EXCESSIVE) heat output. Seems to generate more ambient heat than 2 HD 5870's for some weird reason.
-High core temps: 1 fan on 2 cores just isn't enough, but it runs within operating temps. Suggest care with heat when overclocking.
-Price is deceptive: Most people who buy cutting edge cards pay higher prices for them, but are also experienced in system building. A moderate system builder might not know where to find cooling to fit a dual core GPU card if they want to overclock, and a beginner may not know that you'll need a 900W+ PSU in most cases. (just a foresight)

2 Eggs off for the heat

Other Thoughts: Think about maybe paying $200 more and going with a double HD 5870 setup instead. The cores in this card are the same, just one per card. That way you can keep the cores cooler, and it scales just the same. It's also easier to find upgraded cooling for single core cards. (You'd have to remove the heat sink and fan on this card and the cores are pretty close together for trying to get two individual heat sink/fan combos on there. I'd suggest re-piping to an off-board cooler if you can)

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  • Jason P.
  • 12/14/2010 11:06:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest of the Best

Pros: This card smokes through just about any game thrown at it. At 38% fan the temps don't even creep past 70C even at a resolution of 5760x1080, makes my GTX 275 look like a punk.

Cons: Huge card, and somewhat loud at the higher fan settings, when you adjust fan speed with MSI Afterburner the fan immediately goes to 100% before dropping back to what you put.
Screen flickers when looking at facebook with all three monitors having explorer in 5760x1080, however very small problem, I can live with it.
Oh yeah and 500 bucks after 1 year of release, asinine.

Other Thoughts: This card is too fast, rockin AMD phenom ii x4 970be, ASUS M4A87TD-EVO, 2x2gb Jigsaw Gskill 1600 mhz, Sapphire ATI HD 5970 :D, 1000 watt delta PSU, Vraptor 10K rpm 74 GB HDD, 7200 RPM WD caviar black 500 gb HDD, Windows 7 64 bit premium.

For those who keep complaining that the card over heats, there is either something wrong with the card or straight up it's beyond your technical level. I have 37-38C at an idle with 38% fan and no more than 71c, 70c at 39% fan running, Resident Evil 5, Dragon Age Origins, or even Fallout 3.

This card is that good, I've bought from sapphire before with a 4890 X-vapor overclocked card and it was straight up giving artifacts and all that, I returned it vowing to never own a ATI/AMD/Sapphire card again, and I'm glad I got this beast under the hood, cause if you want the best, know how to use it. Amateur guitar players don't buy Zakk Wylde Gibson Bullseyes and act like they can play along with Zakk Wylde.

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  • Max P.
  • 12/11/2010 2:27:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsShouldn't of been released...

Pros: Very fast dual gpu, even faster with two in crossfire.

Cons: Gets extremely hot extremely quick. Bought an entire new rig from newegg, setup everything, after first power on, card overheated after about 15 minutes in the bios, indicated by error led on card and extremely hot to touch. Had to remove secondary card just to get windows to install. Only way to stabilize temps was to run fans at 55%+; Fan noise is very loud. If your thinking about purchasing this product, I would strongly recommend water cooling. According to Sapphire Tech, this is normal behavior, which to me is unacceptible for a $499.99 priced product. Along with these temp problems, the drivers for this product are horrible. Example, updated to latest ATI driver version, 10.11, tried to launch Left 4 Dead 2, steam indicated that the driver version installed wasn't in their database and that the game my not be playable, and it wasn't. AvP 2010, one of the first DirectX11 games made for ATI cards, game was running at 25-35 fps with stutters. Tried several older drivers too

Other Thoughts: Rig setup:

i7 950 Bloomfield @ 3.06
EVGA X58 770 Classified 3
12Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600
2x Wester Digital 300Gb Raptor
Corsair 1200W Professional Series
2x Sapphire 5970 2Gb (RMA'd)
Cosair 800 Extended ATX Case

Catalyst Control Center has been much better revised since I used it way back when the X800 Radeons were release. Very user friendly, but the driver support is just horrible. These cards are very fast, but the driver compatiblity is just not there, its holding all that power back from extremely great performance.

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  • Richard B.
  • 12/8/2010 2:27:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDisplayport not working

Pros: See the other comments.

Cons: If I use my new Dell u3011 or Dell u2711 display with the DisplayPort connection my PC will not boot. If unplug it the DisplayPort connection then it will boot. The DisplayPort connection only works if I plug it in after the PC has started booting. I had been using a mini DisplayPort to DVI connection and that worked fine but it limited to 1920x1200 so I got a DisplayPort cable to use with my new displays and now it will not boot.

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  • Salomon G.
  • 12/2/2010 1:41:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcelent choice for price

Pros: Outstanding GPU for such a great price!
It might look expensive but hey gtx480 is almost the same price & performs somewhat lower than this monster GPU.
I overclocked mine to 800hz and 1100hz on memory...super fast played crysis warhead 1900x1080 maxed out with x8 AA and stayed at solid 35fps avg.

Cons: Fan a bit noisy but does the job. Lots of oclocking capabilities
though might need some oclocking tool

Other Thoughts: If u plan on upgrading ur gpu, This is the best option compared to other gpus in terms of price...

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