XFX’s quite insane Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 4GB is finally here, several months after similarly insane Sapphire Toxic 5970 4GB and Asus ARES. The XFX 5970 BE boasts similar specifications to the above mentioned competitors, with 850 MHz core, 1200 MHz 2x2GB memory. XFX offers full Eyefinity6, with 6 mini-DP outputs. While the ARES briefcase is impressive, some might suggest it doesn’t hold a candle to the XFX 5970 BE’s snazzy P90 machine gun case.

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XFX’s quite insane Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 4GB is finally here,
several months after similarly insane Sapphire Toxic 5970 4GB and Asus
ARES. The XFX 5970 BE boasts similar specifications to the above
mentioned competitors, with 850 MHz core, 1200 MHz 2x2GB memory. XFX
offers full Eyefinity6, with 6 mini-DP outputs. While the ARES briefcase
is impressive, some might suggest it doesn’t hold a candle to the XFX
5970 BE’s snazzy P90 machine gun case.

XFX uses two separate heatsinks for the two Cypress GPUs. However, the fan in the middle appears small at first sight, but we will let the actual cooling performance speak for themselves. To accommodate two heatsinks, XFX have redesigned the PCB. However, the XFX 5970 BE retains roughly the same dimensions at the reference HD 5970 – at 31 cm / 12.25 inches long.

The 5970 BE requires 2×8-pin PCI-e connectors, as expected.

Somewhat surprisingly, the only place where you can buy a XFX 5970 BE is at Newegg. The retail price is $1,199, which compares favourable with the Asus ARES. The Sapphire Toxic 5970 can be bought for $1,100. However, considering similar specifications/performance, 6 mini-DP outputs and a quite impressive bundle, XFX 5970 BE might just be the dream graphics card for the enthusiast. The only important factor that needs to be judged is the cooling/noise/overclocking performance.

Needless to say, on a logical level, there is very little reason to justify spending $1200 on a graphics card. But the buyers of the XFX HD 5970 BE will buy it for no better reason than they want the best graphics card on the planet. If you are one of them, head over to Newegg.