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Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Gigabyte's GVR587SO-1GD videocard increases the Radeon HD 5870's core clockspeed to 950MHz, the effective frequency of its GDDR5 memory to 5GHz. This beauty of a videocard uses a custom dual-fan heatsink design for better cooling and takes advantage of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA+ manufacturing techniques.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte May 27 2010   Julian Apong  
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Special Memory, NEC Capacitors and Voltage Read Points

Naturally, the HDMI 1.3 output from the Gigabyte GVR587SO-1GD videocard also carries audio if connected to a compatible display or receiver. Gigabyte also includes HDMI to DVI adapter and DVI to VGA adapter, just in case you have an older secondary display.

Gigabyte has selected 1024MB of Tier 1 Hynix H5GQ1H24AFR-T2C memory for the GVR587SO-1GD, which tends to have higher tolerances for voltages and heat that can make it more stable for overclocking.

Special voltage read points have also been integrated into the edge of the videocard PCB so that enthusiasts can directly measure the PCI Express, Memory, GPU I/O and GPU core voltages of the GVR587SO-1GD videocard during more, shall we say "intensive" overclocking attempts. If you don't know what these are for, don't mess around with them!

Gigabyte uses five NEC/Tokin Proadlizer film capacitors (Model: 0E907) on the GVR587SO-1GD videocard. These capacitors are rated at 2.5v and 900uF and look like slightly thicker BGA DRAM. The capacitors are used to provide more stable power as the GPU and memory.

If you have a compatible motherboard with dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 or x8 slots, you can use the included Crossfire bridge to hook up another Radeon HD 5850 videocard in CrossfireX mode.

The Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD videocard requires additional power via two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors, top mounted so the cables won't be in the way of the computer chassis drive bays. Gigabyte includes a pair of molex-to-6-pin PCI Express power adapters, which make it compatible with a wide range of power supplies. The best is yet to come! Have you ever wanted a flagship graphics card with a really quiet heatsink that doesn't suck? Well, Gigabyte came up with a great thermal solution for its GV-R587SO-1GD videocard, let's take a look.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Special Memory, NEC Capacitors and Voltage Read Points
 Pg 3.  Quad Heatpipe dual-fan heatsink design
 Pg 4.  Eye of the Tiger: ATI Radeon RV870 Cypress GPU
 Pg 5.  Videocard Overclocking Report
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs: Radeon HD 5870 vs Geforce GTX 480
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 11.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 12.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 13.  DX11/DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER
 Pg 14.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 15.  GPGPU Videocard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 16.  Heavyweight VGA Champion of the World

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