Gigabyte HD 5870 1GB Super Overclock Review

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: May 2, 2010
Product Name: Gigabyte HD 5870 1GB Super Overclock
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Gigabyte HD 5870 1GB Super Overclock Specifications

Gigabyte’s HD 5870 Super Overclock almost lives up to the name of past SoC cards but not quite. We say this because both the GTX 275 and GTX 260 models sported stunningly high clock speeds but while the 950Mhz core speed of this card is impressive, it is still a far cry from the 1Ghz many were expecting. As we mentioned in the introduction, this isn’t any fault of Gigabyte’s since even with careful binning, the number of new production HD 5870 cores that can hit 1Ghz without a is next to none.

Nonetheless, 100Mhz more on the core coupled with 200Mhz (QDR) on the memory should get us some decent enough gains at lower resolutions and there is always the possibility of manually overclocking the card to reach even higher speeds.

Packaging & Accessories

The predominantly black packaging this card comes in is virtually identical to that of past Super Overclock cards. Not only does it convey most of the features which take center stage but it is also relatively compact which will in turn cut down on shipping costs. Unfortunately, like most other cards on the market there is no mention of clock speeds at all.

Within the exterior cardboard sleeve is the box within which the Super Overclock resides. The card is protected by a large amount of form-fitting high density foam and an anti static bag while the accessories are pushed off to a side compartment in order to stop them from sliding around.

Gigabyte’s flagship HD 5870 comes with a basic accessory package that doesn’t include any games or interesting utilities (other than Gigabyte-specific software that is). You get a pair of Molex to 6-pin PCI-E adaptors, a DVI to VGA dongle, a Crossfire bridge and finally an instruction manual.

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