The new Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 TOXIC sports 2GB of RAM, twice as much as a normal model.  That GDDR5 runs at 5GHz effective and the core is clocked to 925MHz, both higher than the reference card.  The card is not quite as big as the DH 5970 but it does require more power and takes the six-and-eight-pin PCIe power connectors familiar to fans of the highest end of GPUs.  HEXUS’ testing shows that the single GPU cannot beat the dual HD 5970 in most cases and in games that do not benefit from a large frame buffer the performance can’t match a higher clocked HD 5870 with only 1GB of RAM.

“With timing being very much of the essence, Sapphire brought word of a pre-overclocked HD 5870 with a 2GB frame-buffer.

We take a look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 TOXIC 2GB just before GTX 480 launches. Let’s see how much it beats up on all current competition and conjecture whether it stands a good chance against you-know-what.”

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