Gigabyte HD 5870 Super Overclock Edition review

The fastest Radeon HD 5870 around?

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Our Verdict

Unbeatable performance for an AMD –based card, but too expensive to be taken seriously

For

  • Fastest HD5870 out of the box
  • Still only six pin molexes

Against

  • Same price as GTX480
  • Won't overclock much higher

AMD's best performing single chip GPU, the Radeon HD 5870, isn't quite a match for NVIDIA's bellwether, the GeForce GTX 480.

If you want comparable performance from a high end AMD-based card, you have two options. Either stick two chips on one board for instant Crossfire mode, like the Radeon HD 5970, or overclock the hell out of a hand-picked HD 5870.

Gigabyte's Super Overclock HD 5870 is, as the name suggests, an example of the latter method. With a clear 100MHz, or 11.7%, added onto the core speed of a stock Radeon HD 5870, this is an ambitious card with ideas way above its station.

An elegant set of heatpipes helps to keep it cool at these extreme speeds, and if you want to push it further, there's a set of volt reading contact points on the PCB for the compulsive tweaker.

It had better deliver on its promise, though, since it costs the same price as the GTX 480 it hopes to unseat.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerATI
Chipset Model5870
HDMIYes
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 5000
DisplayPortYes
Brand NameGigabyte
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.1
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Memory Speed5000 MHz
Product ModelGV-R587SO-1GD
Product NameGV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberGV-R587SO-1GD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 3.1