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Sapphire Toxic HD 5970 4GB Review

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Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0 is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on the Unigine engine. What sets the Heaven Benchmark apart is the addition of hardware tessellation, available in three modes; Moderate, Normal and Extreme. Although tessellation requires a video card with DirectX 11 support and Windows Vista/7, the Heaven Benchmark also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and OpenGL. Visually, it features beautiful floating islands that contain a tiny village and extremely detailed architecture.



  • 4xAA
  • 16xAF
  • Shaders = High
  • Tesselation = Normal
  • Measurement = FPS












Higher = Better


Th higher clock speeds really help the Toxic in this benchmark. Against the stock clocked 2GB HD 5970, the Toxic just outperforms it at every resolution. When you compare the stock Toxic against the overclocked 2GB card the scores are closer but the nod goes to the Toxic in three out of four tests with one tied. Against the best single GPU cards from both ATI and Nvidia, the Toxic is easily faster than both with the GTX 480 faster than the HD 5870.


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