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Old November 2, 2009, 09:00 PM
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We all know that the HD 5870 is popular but many of us have been waiting to see what interesting spins manufacturers will put on their customized cards. Today Sapphire is releasing their Vapor-X version that sports a custom heatsink based along with slightly higher clock speeds. If this card is anything to go by, the next few months should see some interesting products being released from all of ATI's board partners.


You can find the review here: Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X 1GB Review


Please use this thread to post your questions and comments.

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Old November 2, 2009, 09:07 PM
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Nice temps and look. 2 year warranty definitely isn't cool!
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Methinks the person who buys this card will likely be replacing it within two years anyways...
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Another great review from the folks at Hardware Canucks!

BrAvO !

This review confirmed exactly what I figured we'd see from the Vapor-X model of the 5870. Modest specs increase and significant cooling and noise improvements, all packaged in an absolutely beautiful package. What is nice to see is that the card is able to maintain the 2x6-pin requirement and that it performs, albeit modestly, better than it's stock counterpart on all benches (from what I see).

Furthermore, I have to say that this card is simply stunning in pictures so I can just imagine how it must look "en personne".

Now, the knock for some on non-exhausting cooling has always been that the heat enters the case. Since this is a 40nm die, would you confirm SKY that despite the heat being dissipated into the case, that the case temps don't increase significantly? I would guess at "no".

Sky, take out your crystal ball and tell us if you think availability is going to be a serious problem for Sapphire (and even ATI) going forward.

Cheers!
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Edit: Oh... and looking closely at the images, I think I see that there is not plate on the back of the card, is that right?
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Methinks the person who buys this card will likely be replacing it within two years anyways...
And I agree too.. New technology is coming out lightning fast..

Great review as always SKY.. No overclocking though.. ouch .. although nice temps on the cooler..

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Holy crap. Sky is a machine. another review. A good one too. Sexy card.
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It's killing me that I can't get my hands on one of these soon. C'mon ATI and canadian retailers, lets work together to make me happy!
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I should also mention that our sample didn’t even have a single Mhz of overclocking headroom. While this isn’t a game changer, it was shocking nonetheless and pretty much proves that overclocking potential can vary wildly from card to card. Luckily this didn’t translate into instability at stock speeds but it is a bit worrying nonetheless.
Hrmmmmm..........

I know you're busier than a 1 armed paper hanger these days SKYMTL, but did you have a chance to dig any deeper into this?

Seems strange that a manufacturer's binned clock would be that close to the edge without causing issues that require you to downclock the card to avoid artifacting.

Is there any chance that the card has been locked in some way?
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Sometimes if you use CCC to overclock on newer cards it won't allow it. I had that problem with my XFX 4890 XXX edtion (900mhz stock, watercooled). CCC would give me zero stable overclock if I set it to auto but if I manually overclocked the card it overclocked fine.
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Sky, take out your crystal ball and tell us if you think availability is going to be a serious problem for Sapphire (and even ATI) going forward.

Cheers!
Happy_To_Have_Stayed_Up_Canuck :)

Edit: Oh... and looking closely at the images, I think I see that there is not plate on the back of the card, is that right?
The crystal ball says that I don't see a major increase in availability before December. At the earliest.

I am sure NVIDIA is kicking themselves in the butt right now because this would be a perfect situation where they could take some major market share away from AMD if they only had a card ready.

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Hrmmmmm..........

I know you're busier than a 1 armed paper hanger these days SKYMTL, but did you have a chance to dig any deeper into this?

Seems strange that a manufacturer's binned clock would be that close to the edge without causing issues that require you to downclock the card to avoid artifacting.

Is there any chance that the card has been locked in some way?
Methinks it is a BIOS lock on the card since we have a VERY early sample but Sapphire isn't being forthcoming with answers. It could just be a freak.

However, the card was running all night last night in an effort to find some kind of instability at stock clocks which resultsed in no failures or artifacts. I'll do the same tonight and report back.
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