XFX HD 5970 Black Edition Video Card Review :: Bundle

12-16-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun
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  • Multi-Language Installation Guide CD
  • Driver CD
  • HD 5970 Black Edition video card
  • HDMI to DVI-I adapter
  • Crossfire bridge
  • DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort adapter

XFX has bundled their HD 5970 in a long black box that is rectangular shaped. The box front has the name of the card with the XFX Play hard logo, the ATI RADEON Premium graphics logo and the pertinent information of the card including DP, Eyefinity, 2GB, ATI Stream technology and XFXís 5-Star Support. The rear of the box has descriptions of the main features of the card.

XFX HD 5970 Black Edition Video Card Review Card removed from box

Card removed from box

Opening the box we find that XFX has put the card in a tray in an anti-static bag. The top part of the tray has the manuals and Driver CD. XFX has included a multi-language installation guide in CD form with the card. The accessories are in a box on the bottom of the tray with the graphics card and manuals. The bundle includes a mini-DP to DP converter allowing DisplayPort monitors that are not mini-DP to be used. Also included is a HDMI to DVI-I adapter.

XFX HD 5970 Black Edition Video Card Review All setting

All setting

XFX HD 5970 Black Edition Video Card Review AA


XFX HD 5970 Black Edition Video Card Review AA setting

AA setting

XFX uses the standard drivers from ATI for their graphics cards. ATIís latest driver for the HD 5970 is Hemlock Beta drivers dated November 18, 2009. The key feature of the Black Edition card is the OverVoltage tool. This allows for the video card to be overclocked higher than the reference design with memory clocks reaching a maximum of 1000MHz on the card core clock and 1500MHz on the card memory clock. The Black Edition comes standard clocked at 725MHz for the core and 1000MHz for the memory.

Overvolting can allow users to overclock the video card to higher rates than the standard Overdrive utility on ATI based video cards. I was able to overclock the HD 5970 to a very high clock of 850MHz for the core and 1200MHz for the memory using the voltage clocks of 1.125 and 1.375 for the engine and memory voltage compared to 1.05 and 1.1 for standard reference clocks. Running 3DMark Vantage was completely stable at those frequencies and voltages, an over 100MHz overclock over the reference card.