Authour: Steve Dikes
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: November 21st, 2009
Like the reference model, Sapphire's Hemlock is a monster, coming in at 12.5 inches - make sure you have room! I always wondered about Sapphire's design choices, its kind of like two evil sexy twins ready to take on anything. I guess that sums it up pretty good, but you better have a fast CPU because this isn't some slow piece of silicon.
A backside only a techie could love, at least in comparison to the hotness on the front!
Sapphire's HD5970 arrived with a solid bundle, including the expected basics like Crossfire bridge, DVI to VGA, DVI to HDMI, power connectors for those without 6 and 8 pin PCIe connectors on their power supply, basic instructions and driver CD. Something new with this generation is the mini display port to regular display port adapter, required for implementing Eyefinity. Last but certainly not least, Sapphire rewards your investment with two full games: BattleForge and Dirt 2 - its VERY rare to get two full retail games with a graphics card purchase, even very high-end products. Overall, we're very impressed with Sapphire's bundle and cool twins design of the card.
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