SAPPHIRE Added New Line up For Its HD 5870 Series Graphics Card

Consolidating its industry leading position with the fastest, coolest, low-power consumption, high performance graphics cards, SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced 2GB TOXIC and 2GB Vapor-X Editions in its award winning SAPPHIRE HD 5870 series.

Fastest in its class, the SAPPHIRE HD 5870 2G TOXIC Edition is factory overclocked to industry leading speeds of 925MHz core and 1225MHz (4.9GHz effective) memory and the larger 2GB frame buffer gives extra advantage in some demanding applications. Fitted with SAPPHIRE’s award winning Vapor-X cooler technology, the TOXIC Edition achieves its world-beating performance whilst working at lower operating temperatures and significantly more quietly than other solutions, and still giving enthusiasts headroom for further performance tuning.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5870 2G Vapor-X Edition uses the same core technology, but ships with the clocks defaulting to 850MHz engine and 1200MHz (4.8GHz effective). The Vapor-X cooler maintains low operating temperatures and near silent operation contributing to high reliability.

Both models are based on the HD 5870 GPU which features the latest graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD, the second generation of GPU to be built in its 40nm process. It supports the advanced graphical features of DirectX 11, and delivers spectacular video clarity, speed and visual effects, including over multiple monitors.

With a total of 1600 stream processors and 80 texture units and a new 150GB/s memory interface supporting fifth generation GDDR5 memory, the SAPPHIRE HD 5870 Vapor-X Series has twice the computing power of the previous generation. This series is lightning fast with DirectX10.1, DirectX 10 and DirectX 9.0 games and applications, as well as supporting stunning new levels of detail, transparency and lighting effects in new releases of software using DirectX 11. All of this comes with the modest active power consumption of less than 190W – and using Dynamic Power Management the cards have a new super low-power idle mode of 27W.

Both cards support the latest features demanded by Microsoft DirectX 11, including DirectCompute 11 instructions, hardware Tessellation and multi-threaded communications with the system CPU. These combine to provide new capabilities for the interaction between transparent objects, new lighting and accelerated post processing effects as well as physics calculations and acceleration of applications supported by ATI Stream, such as video transcoding.

All of the members of SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series have an on board hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder) considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray™ and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files. The UVD in this series has been enhanced to be able simultaneously to decode two 1080p HD video streams and to be able to display HD video in high quality with Windows Aero mode enabled. HDMI capability has also been upgraded to HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support.

In addition to spectacular image clarity, speed and visual effects, the SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series supports the multi-monitor mode known as ATI Eyefinity. This allows a single GPU to display a choice of images over an array of several monitors. These cards supports up to three monitors, with a resolution of up to 7680 x 1600. This opens up exciting possibilities not just for multi-screen gaming, but also for information systems, multimedia systems and promotional displays.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5800 series is supported by AMD’s DirectX 11 WHQL certified graphics driver which delivers support for all of the key DirectX 11 level features required for new gaming experiences and acceleration of next generation high performance applications. For more details please visit



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