I can't wait for mine... Thanksgiving caused my shipment to be delayed.
|he last generation of dual core GPU from ATI was the 4870x2 and it was two 4870 GPU cores on one card and was keeping the X2 naming scheme. This time ATI slid one in on us and named the new dual core GPU 5970. Little discrepancies like that set us to scratching our heads and we have to dig in and find out why they deviate from an established naming scheme.|
Well after digging in and looking at the cards the Asus 5970 Voltage Tweak Edition has all the hardware of two 5870 but it has the clock speed of the 5850 so ATI named it the 5970 to avoid bad press by naming it the 5870x2 which wouldn't be correct because of the lower clock speed. Not to worry though ATI and Asus promise massive overclocking headroom so we should be able to push this card up to and beyond the stock clocks of the 5870. That or make some pretty blue smoke emanate from the chassis.
|We thought you should know that we have checked Federal law and while marriage to the Asus 5970 isn't expressly forbidden we suspect that you will have a hard time finding a Minister to perform the ceremony. Who knows though throw a dress on the 5970 a little makeup, uhh never mind.|
Originally Posted by Eastrider
No matter how cool it is? How can one know the limitations for his own chip?
Originally Posted by NCspecV81
yeah this makes me just want to get 5870's =o\\. I can do near 1100mhz benchmarking stable on the stock cooler with that amount of voltage from smartdoctor.
Originally Posted by DesertRat
Not all GPUs OC equally. There's also the issue of heat affecting stability at a certain point. On water I bet it'd go higher.
Not to mention even if you have a single 5870 @ 1.1GHz I doubt it can compensate for lacking some 1600 shaders
Originally Posted by Murlocke
Even if the card is at room temp, voltages will kill it if it's over the maximum safe voltage.
Processors are a good example, it's to the point where maximum safe voltage is the overclocking limit, not temps.
I wouldn't go above the voltages on the voltage tools shipping with the cards.
Originally Posted by Burn
For all those non-ECE majors out there, exceeding the rated safe voltage introduces electron tunneling and dielectric breakdown in chips and capacitors respectively- both are not good at all for either and can readily kill processors and capacitors. So yes, even under sufficient cooling, you can indeed kill a processor or blow a capacitor.
Originally Posted by grip_racer
Blowing a cap is pretty much out of the question when overclocking voltages don't really add more than 1 volt. All major manufacturers include at least a few volts of headroom on their cap specification.