Asus EAH5870 v2 ReviewGeekspeak411 - June 27, 2010
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The Asus EAH5870 v2 puts on an impressive showing all the way around. The card comes well packaged with quality containers and superb design. The card itself is quite the looker, with its custom shroud designed by Asus itself. The black and red color combo was a solid choice and the colors play well off each other. The cooling system is effective and well designed with an all copper construction, oversized fan, and expanded vent. This card supports CrossFireX, as well as Eyefinity technology. Beyond those features, the card is compatible with all of the other DX11 add-ons and applications.
The inclusion of SmartDoctor was a good move by Asus. Enabling the voltage tweak option on such an advanced card really let ATI's HyperScaling technology shine, and enabled 1GHz+ clock speeds! Once the EAH5870 v2 got cranked up to its upper frequency range, it became a driving force in the single-GPU arena. OCC has never had a 5870 break the 1GHz barrier on its test bench, so this card is the first. Being able to play any modern game with DX11 turned all the way up on a single GPU is awesome. Tessellations are a breeze for this power-house! While ATI's Stream technology hasn't caught on quite like nVidia's PhysX has, it still provides a noticeable boost to everyday activities and keeps Photoshop feeling perky.
Really, Asus has a game-changer on their hands here for the enthusiast market. Throwing four voltage tweak 5870's into CrossFireX all clocked over 1GHz into a single rig would truly output benchmark-crushing power. Put some exotic cooling solutions on them and I can only imagine where the clocks could end up. If there is a sweet-spot for next-gen high-end graphics cards, this is it. The card is close to the GTX480 when overclocked and is over $100 less! I can not think of anything that would really improve this card, other than a quiet performance cooling solution and an extra gigabyte or two of RAM for post-processing duties. Even then, the 1GB on-board was easily handling 8xAA and 16xAF with everything turned up in Crysis at 1920x1200, so you really can't ask for too much more!
- Voltage tweaking
- DirectX 11
- Noisy at top speed
- Only 1GB of dedicated RAM