At CeBIT this morning, HEXUS.net managed to catch a quick glimpse of a graphics monstrosity by Sapphire, a 4GB 5970 OC. The card features more than just doubled ram however; whereas the current 5970 utilizes only a dual 5850+5870 GPU mixture (each GPU has 1,600 shaders but only opperates at 725MHz/4GHz), this beast uses two true 5870 GPU’s on a single PCB, meaning 3,200 combined shaders and each GPU running at 850MHz core and 4,800MHz memory.
Sapphire has also managed to keep the full load just shy of 300W but the report indicates that 400w draw – given the extra overclocking headroom – wouldn’t be out of the question. The card requires two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors.
Sapphire has also teamed up with Arctic Cooling to provide a beefy triple cooler design, which manages to keep load tempuratures hovering around the 90C mark.
The rumoured street price for the behemoth, a paltry $1,000 USD.