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PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 LCS Review



Graphics Engine 
Video Memory
Engine Clock
750 MHz
Memory Clock
1050 Mhz (4.2Gbps)
Memory Interface
2 X 256bit (256bit)
DirectX Support
Bus Standard
PCIE 2.1
Video Input
VGA Output
Yes, By DVI to VGA converter
HDTV Output    
TV Output
DVI Output
DVI-I x 2 + mini Display Port x 1
Dual-link DVI Output
HDMI Support
Yes, By DVI to HDMI Adapter
HDCP Support



  • Dual GPUs with a total of 4.3 billion 40nm transistors
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
              o 3200 Stream Processing Units
              o 160 Texture Units
              o 256 Z/Stencil ROP Units
              o 64 Color ROP Units
  • GDDR5 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX® 11 support 
  • Shader Model 5.0
              o DirectCompute 11
              o Programmable hardware tessellation unit
              o Accelerated multi-threading
              o HDR texture compression
              o Order-independent transparency
  • OpenGL 3.2 support1
  • Image quality enhancement technology
              o Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
              o Adaptive anti-aliasing
              o Super AA
              o 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
              o 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
              o Three independent display controllers
  • Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
              o Display grouping
                    + Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • ATI Stream acceleration technology
              o OpenCL 1.0 compliant
              o DirectCompute 11
              o Double precision floating point processing support
              o Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
                    + Native support for common video encoding instructions
  •  ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology
              o Dual card performance scaling
  • ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology
              o UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
              o Advanced post-processing and scaling8
              o Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
              o Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
              o Independent video gamma control
              o Dynamic video range control
              o Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
              o Dual-stream 1080p playback support9,10
              o DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
              o Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP11
                    + Max resolution: 2560x160012
              o Integrated DisplayPort output
                    + Max resolution: 2560x160012
              o Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
                    + Max resolution: 1920x120012
              o Integrated VGA output
                    + Max resolution: 2048x153612
              o Integrated HD audio controller
                    + Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
                    + Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio format
  •  ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology
              o Dynamic power management with low power idle state
              o Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
  • Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

All information Courtesy of PowerColor @  http://www.powercolor.com/eng/products_features.asp?ProductID=6945

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifiactions & Features
  6. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: WarHammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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