Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970 Video Card Review :: The card

05-24-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Card

Card

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Arctic Cooling Fan

Arctic Cooling Fan

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Heatsink 1

Heatsink 1

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Heatsink 2

Heatsink 2


One thing about this card is it is very long. The HD 5970 Toxic card is in fact a half an1 inch shorter than the reference HD 5970 card but that is not the distinguishing feature of the card itself. The Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970 GDDR5 PCIE has a 3-slot cooler assembly. There are three yes three fans on the front of the cooler. These are made by Arctic Cooling.


Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Heatsink 3

Heatsink 3

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Back of card

Back of card

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review GPU mount

GPU mount

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review ATI logo

ATI logo


The cooling system is based upon Arctic Cooling’s’ Accelero XTREME 5970 cooler. It has 8 heatpipes and 119 fins on the array. There are three 92mm fans on the front. One nice touch is that these fans are low noise level fans that have no measurable impact on system noise even at full speed. In fact the three fans at full speed are less noisy than the reference 5970 fan. The other thing about these fans is the cooling performance. At stock speeds and a normal room temperature, the card exhibited 39C temperatures. By way of comparison, a HD 5870 can have temperatures exceeding 59C under similar circumstances.


Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review PCI Express

PCI Express

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review 8 heatpipes

8 heatpipes

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Radeon HD 5970

Radeon HD 5970

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review card view 2

card view 2


The top of the card has the power connectors and CrossfireX Bridge. Due to the extra power requirements of the card (300W), the HD 5970 from Sapphire has two 8-pin power connectors instead of the 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors found on the reference card. There is an extra power connector connecting the third cooling fan to the PCB allowing the card to have more power. The back of the card has the holding plate for the cooler and the eight mounting pins for the two graphics chips. The Rear I/O of the card consists of two DVI-I connectors, a HDMI connector and the mini-DisplayPort connector. Note the card comes with every adapter necessary to run a variety of monitors including the coveted mini-DP to DVI powered adapter.


Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Card view 3

Card view 3

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Crossfire Bridge

Crossfire Bridge

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review Power

Power

Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD 5970  Video Card Review I/O

I/O