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PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) AX5970 2GBD5-MD 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity

  • 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 725 MHz
  • 2 x DVI 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 3200 (1600 x 2) Stream Processors
  • 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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  • dan h.
  • 9/22/2010 8:51:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsno fan

Pros: unit cam on but fan didnt work. was able to put into the case but some modification to the case was needed. new egg handled rma very professionally. replacement should arrive soon

Cons: no fan, i checked my power cords they were fine fan would spin up one time and stop. afraid to run very long, but what i saw looked good....i tried to call power color tech support. no answer at the switch board, tech support, no answer. couldnt leave message error 202 message not recorded. very disappointed with manufacturer. wouldnt advise crossfire mode. the fan clearance between cards in inadiquate. a modification to the heat sink might do it but if you want to crossfire you had better use liquid cooled.

Other Thoughts: my advice would be to get an extended warranty with newegg. i am not sure these guys will be around in a year

Manufacturer Response:

We are always available through e-mail (, or my e-mail is, and over the phone between the hours of 9:00am-5:30pm PST. I'm glad to hear you're probably is being resolved. We have had very little problems with this model, but unfortunately sometimes problems arise. If you have any further questions feel free to e-mail me. Thanks.


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  • Peter W.
  • 7/30/2010 5:52:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome card

Pros: awesome awesome awesome card, this thing is a beast.
nothing it can't handle. everything maxed and silky smooth.

Cons: the noise, be prepared for the noise if you buy one of these,
even at low fan speeds like 20-30% it's audible, at 50% it sounds like you have a jet turbine spooling up inside your case.

Other Thoughts: its huge, make sure you have the room in your case because this thing is a freak of nature.

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  • Brian G.
  • 7/25/2010 2:33:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this card!

Pros: 1. Ridiculously fast. Handles everything I throw at it at 1080p without any trouble.
2. Easy to overclock
3. Generally quieter than I expected, fan speed typically seems to stay at ~30% and below so long as you have good airflow and decent intake air temps (good case ventilation\airflow a must, for any high-end card!) Long, high-stress periods of use on warmer days can cause fan speeds to accelerate though.
4. I'm totally in love with this card.

Cons: 1. Does run a tad warm, but not nearly as bad as others have made it out to be.
2. ATi drivers\cards in the 5xxx series seem to have issues with a couple games. I've so far only seen issues with Aion, which I don't actually play anyway, but I've read of a couple others having issues. Also won't see much of an improvement over less pricey ATi cards (5850\5870) in games like Aion due to lack of Crossfire support, or in windowed games (Crossfire requires fullscreen).
3. I'd say price, if it wasn't just so darn worth it. Besides, if you're considering a card of this caliber, you're not a penny pincher anyhow.
4. If fan speeds DOES, for some reason, need to exceed ~50%, esp. above 70%, she can get pretty loud.

Other Thoughts: Replaced an overclocked GTX 260 1.8GB with this beast. Even running single-core at stock clocks (windowed benchmark) it outperformed that card by leaps and bounds, when you wrap to fullscreen and get both GPUs into play, it's not even a contest.

The overclocking I've done to the 5970 is minimal, but I've seen reports of stock clocks breaking 85 degrees C with normal gaming use. After a solid hour straight of running the FFXIV benchmark on high, without manipulating the fan, the card didn't break the 80 degrees C mark once, and fan speed never exceeded 30%...and by all accounts, this card is designed to withstand up to 100C. My ambient case temps from 3 seperate locations never went more than 1 degree above the room air temp. No extra cooling used on the card, although I'm considering additional cooling options to extend the card's life and OCing possibilities.

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  • john s.
  • 7/13/2010 7:18:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAmateur electrician wannabe

Pros: Very good card works wonderful in haf932 case
Now about frying the wires in your house with a psu
not a freaking chance in the world !!! come on man, who are you trying to fool here. that would not even happen if he had 14 ga wire in his walls but who am I to say it did not happen
i am just a master electrician.

Cons: absolutely none

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  • Rollin B.
  • 7/8/2010 6:10:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood Card

Pros: So far, the card runs rather stable. A bit hot for my liking, but the fan never reaches full so I guess it knows when it's too hot. At max, tho, this is one LOUD fan.

TRULY excellent performance, though.

Cons: Expensive, runs a bit warm for my taste

Other Thoughts: As an electrician, i'd like to point out an earlier reviewer:

PSUs rarely use their full wattage. They DO NOT run at '1200 watts' all the time. Most PCs draw 300-400 watts at boot, then 150-250 normal use, and 400-500 gaming. This goes up by 50-150 for each additional video card.
Max reasonable allowance:
CPU: 150w, VC: 200w, Drives: 10w, Fans: 5w. Plus 150w for 'just stuff' like RAM and MB. They dont use much. So 1200w is not likely to be a real figure. These are ALWAYS exaggerated because PSU manufacturers lie about the peak: A 2kW power supply typically fails at 1400w. An 800w fails around 615w. A 500w at 400w. etc.
As per American electrical code, all main circuit wiring must be insulted and breakered for 15A: 15x120 = 1800 watts. That's 600 watts MINIMUM for everything else. Plenty enough- you can run a Microwave, monitor, and speakers on that.

So please don't lie about frying your house when 1200w is less than 1/2 the draw of a typical A/C or Fridge (2.

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  • William I.
  • 7/5/2010 1:40:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWired

Pros: The guy that said his house wiring fried off a 1000 watt psu should have had a good electrician wire his house correctly the first time.

Cons: Don't buy two of these if your house has shotty wiring =\ Duhhhhh!!!

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  • June J.
  • 4/21/2010 8:17:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsDon't have the card yet.

Pros: I just wanted to comment on something someone said here before he costs someone lots of money. He said to crossfire this card you need at least a 1200w PSU and that maybe true. But what he didn't tell you is that a 1200w PSU can fry all the wires in your walls if they are not good enough to handle that power and most normal homes wiring isn't. So you should check that before upgrading to that sort of PSU.

Cons: A friend of mine fried all his wires with just a 1,000w. It can cost a pretty penny to get them replaced.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2010 4:07:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Replaced a EVGA 295 coop. 2 times faster.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Gew going NEWEGG

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  • carlos f.
  • 4/4/2010 11:05:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBest in the world at the moment!

Pros: This monster will play any video games at high settings without any problem. Faster than Nvidia GTX 480 hands down. Make sure you have a case with enough space, I have a Cooler Master HAF 922 and it barely fits. Well worth the money, Highly recommended.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.8Ghz Quad CPU
Asus P7P55D-E PRO Motherboard
8GB DDR3 1333 G.Skill RAM
PowerColer Radeon HD 5970 Video Card
Antec True Power New 750W PSU
SATA 3.0 Hard Drive
SATA 3.0 DVD Burner
USB 2.0 Card Reader
Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Case
Windows 7 Pro x64

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  • Hector P.
  • 2/9/2010 6:48:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very fast video card even when i am playing empire total war it is very cool at about 46c maybe also it help to have the cool master ATCS 810 full tower case.Graphics are amazing very detail does not overheat like some other 5970 graphic cards i am overclocked cpu from 2.6 i7 to 3.8 ghz Also ran 3d mark vantage graphic score was 24580 which i guess is not bad for this baby.

Cons: The only probelm i encounter is like everyone that connects this card to a tv lcd and your monitor is that you will get glitches if your running these at the same time when you try to overclock this card. You either have to disconnect your lcd tv so you can overclock this bad boy. I hope there will be a fix in the future for this problem.

Other Thoughts: Best graphic card to date get one if you can it took me 2 months to get this one good luck!

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