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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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Quad Heatpipe dual-fan heatsink design

Gigabyte uses a non-reference heatsink and fan design to cool the GVR587SO-1GD videocard that is very quiet at full fan speed, and works quite well. The customized heatsink design is about the same size as a stock dual-slot Radeon HD 5870, but make no mistake that this is still a big videocard, just over 28cm long. The heatsink and fan is wide enough to take up two of your motherboard's PCI Express x16 slots, so make sure to plan out your system expansion configuration and measure out how much space there is inside your chassis before dropping $500 on one of these videocards.

Under testing the Gigabyte GVR587SO-1GD's dual fans didn't generate much noise even when turned up to full blast. When set to automatic mode the fans become inaudible when the videocard is idle. The same can't be said for the Geforce GTX 480, which is loud enough to become a distraction when its fan ramps up to full speed and is seemingly always really, really hot.

The GVR587SO-1GD uses four heatpipes to conduct heat away from the RV870 'Cypress' GPU, distributing the thermal energy along an array of aluminum fins that in turn are cooled by the dual fans. This design doesn't vent all off its heat exhaust out of the rear of the videocard, so it's a good idea to have a system chassis fan or two to lower the ambient temperature inside your computer as well. The Coolermaster HAF932 is an excellent case choice for this very reason.

Now let's get a little more familiar with what's going on inside ATI's flagship GPU, the RV870 'Cypress' GPU.

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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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