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Old 05-26-10, 08:14 AM Thread Starter   #1
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[O/C]Reinventing The ATI 5870


Reinventing The ATI 5870
by Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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The 5800 series GPUs have been out for a while. Manufacturers are now coming out with variations on the originals, but I thought it might be fun to take a step back and do a quick run-through of this generation of AMD/ATI's top graphics cards.
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The biggest thing I notice about the 3 cards listed at the bottom, MSI Lightning, ASUS ROG Matrix, and the Gigabyte SOC.. the ASUS ROG is 2GB not 1GB!! For only $20 more than either of the other 2, I would pick the ASUS for it's extra power support, extra RAM, and voltage tweaked options. Wish I could afford it or I'd buy it right now, knowing that it's available.

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Another thing, I have two of the Asus RoG Matrix 5870s and the Memory isn't actually at 4900 (1225), but rather at the stock 1200.

I think that these cards are binned higher than most 5870s because I have yet to see a review of one of these RoG cards that has a GPU core that can't reach 1030+ Mhz. Both of mine reach 1080 @ 1.3v, and 5250 @ 1.675v.

They've also started to include their own special software and features, too. iTracker2, ProbeIt volt-meter voltage monitoring, and the ability to tweak the GDDR5 memory timings for example! That's only with the amazing RoG 5870, though

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FYI, this article referenced the review coming two Monday's from its publish date, which is this coming Monday. Unfortunately there are some issues that are causing a delay (inability to adjust GPU voltage). I'm working with ATI / Gigabyte, but it won't make next Monday.

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Hopefully that ASUS ROG Matrix will drop a bit in price by the time the 6000 series is released.

Oh and by the way hokie, grats on turning green!!!

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Thanks much!

On-topic, still haven't gotten anything on my voltage problem. Will update as I know more.

The Matrix is definitely high dollar in this range. The ROG series as a whole seems to be though. Hopefully they'll drop it to be in line with the rest at some point.

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