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Asus EAH5870 v2 Review

Price: $410


When the 5000 series was first released, there was absolutely no competition. ATI had single handedly blown the green team away with crazy benchmark results and DX11 support. Now that the long awaited Fermi cards from nVidia have been released, sporting similar results, the deeply entrenched 5000 series lines have been deploying variations beyond stock models and individual manufacturers such as Asus, have been integrating more advanced solutions to help enthusiasts get the most bang for their buck. With the EAH5870 V2, Asus has integrated a custom copper heat-pipe cooler, voltage tweak integration, and a beefier fan to handle the higher TDP rating of the heatsink. Hopefully this will yield a cooler card that shows higher clocks for a healthy boost above the competition, but only time will tell. If you are out to buy a new graphics card, is this the one for you? Let’s check it out!

Closer Look:

The packaging for the EAH5870 is very engaging, sporting a large knight in massive armor on an orange lightning-filled background. The Asus logo is clearly seen in the top left corner and right underneath it is a very large 'Voltage Tweak' icon telling potential buyers about the potential of the card to ‘shift in to overdrive’. On the bottom-left corner the rest of the features are listed as well as the model name in big white lettering. Flipping the box over reveals five of the cards main features in eleven different languages along the top and the system requirements on the right side. On the bottom-left there are two blips about both the 'Voltage Tweak' feature, and the custom cooler, claiming 17% cooler operation levels than seen using the reference design. Overall, the packaging leaves me with a good impression similar to many other Asus products, but I want to see what is inside!
















The inner boxing is very simple and elegant, comprised of black boxes and a centered Asus logo in gold on the front of each one. The first one is thinner and opens up portfolio style. It contains the driver/utility discs and the operation manual. Next there is a tube-like container with all of the included accessories inside. Finally, there is a padded box at the bottom encasing the 5870 itself inside of an anti-static bag.





The bundle included with the card is well thought out. Everything I need to get up and fragging with this card is included, such as a DVI to VGA adapter, an HDMI to DVI adapter, a dual Molex to single six-pin adapter, as well as a dual six-pin to single eight-pin adapter. As with all other Crossfire capable cards, the Crossfire bridge is included. With this combination, I should be able to install this card into about any system without any additional components.




The packaging is great, so let’s see the card!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Bioshock 2
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Testing: Temperature
  18. Testing: Power Consumption
  19. Conclusion
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