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Old May 17, 2010, 05:03 AM
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ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum ROG review

First review of the much anticipated Asus 2GB ROG 5870.

At the end of the day, it's still a 5870 like just about any other overclocked one. It's nice to have the extra voltage tweaking options and the card looks stunning, but at that price, i'd go with a 5970 if i had the cash and my case was big enough to fit the thing.
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Old May 17, 2010, 05:49 AM
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I agree, go 5970 for that price. Impressive numbers though. I like the fact that the 295 GTX still holds up well against the next generation cards.
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I think ATI/AMD & vendors should calm down, relax and think. To me, HD5870 owner, it's not the right thing to start selling more expensive 5870s...NVidia will recover from the FERMI "Hot and noisy" pretty quick and this summer, newer FERMI cards will be out there.

The only way to keep some sort of advantage for ATI, is to sell more cards right now, and work really hard on the HD6*** series, to keep the momentum between them and Nvidia.

ATI & vendors, if you can't beat GTX480 with your iterations of the HD5870, don't try...beat NVidia at pricing and sell as much HD58** cards and HD57** card before the summer, before GTX465 (or whatever it's gonna be called) comes out. Keep the DX11 momentum!

I'd rather own a HD5970 than a "too expensive" HD5870. At least, the 5970 is on top of GTX480
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As I have stated again and again, finding enough HD 5870 cores that overclock above 900Mhz for a full retail launch of a product is next to impossible. So, most custom HD 5870 cards are "more of the same".
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Old May 17, 2010, 07:29 AM
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Right on the money Delavan! I went hog wild and bought 2 XFX HD 5970 Black Edition cards. This is for my next build which I'll be starting this week. I got a hold of the Intel 980x for an unbelievable price, so that's my new cpu. I only have a 60gb SSD for the OS though. I know that I should've gone with a 128, but oh well. Thanks to AkG, I should be able to maximize efficiency by moving my page file to a Raptor 150. I would've liked to go with the 5870, but couldn't help myself.

To go with this is Mushkin 15000 1866 ram, 12 gigs. If I read it right, the new cards do more than just work on video, with added computational functions that free up cpu chores. Will these customized cards perform with this function or disregard this in search of increased performance?

What about folding? Will these new cards perform better or is the Nvidia card still better, with my 295, should I keep it for folding? For a beginner like me it becomes mind boggling and confusing rather quickly. Now don't ask me to chew gum and think at the same time ok? hehe Seriously, for the price it seems the 5970 is not much from this and kicks the 480 in the sensitive region with vigor.

Benchmarking should prove interesting. A friend has a 295 as well, so we want to compare 295 SLI with 5970 crossfire. A bit unfair, but fun to try anyway. How do you think this will work on CADD? Hmmm...



Edit: The increase in performance to me just doesn't justify the expense. Thanks SKYMTL!
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fishingfanatic, you should put a 295 as a physx card :P. These almost 'novelty' cards are more of a lets see what we can do with this card attitude thats cool but was never meant to be practical or sold even for that matter. They are however very impressive. It however gives manufacturers bragging rights and get some free marketing. Imagine if all Asus did was shuffle out bone stock cards, life would be so boring for us hardware enthusiasts with nothing to envy after.

Wonder who's going to be the first to pony up for one of these
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Old May 17, 2010, 10:52 AM
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I think the problem with using my 295 for a physx card is the power consumption would force me to go to a 1200 watt psu. Not a bad suggestion though.
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Alright guys,

don't whack me on that, not sure, but I seen some place that using THAT powerful of a card for Physx would be overkill and might even decrease performance? Again not sure.

It would be quite overkill IHMO, but whatever floats your boat.

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Edit: The increase in performance to me just doesn't justify the expense. Thanks SKYMTL!
does that mean you cancelled the 2 X 5970 blacks?
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No, I already have those cards. Should be posting stuff in the BST soon, including the 295. Some people have 2 and 3 480s, I just wanted some overkill, for a system that'll be my monster rig.
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Nothing wrong with overkill when you can.
I sure would if I could!
I'm doing fine now at least, can't complain!
I wouldn't mind grabbing another xfx HD5870 and a better PSU to crossfire down the road..who knows.

I think my next upgrade should be a new CPU/MOBO/RAM/HSF, maybe next year. I don't need more right now.

I'll TRY to stay calm, save some cash for other things...I said I'LL TRY...
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