Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SOC (Super Overclock) Video CardFri, Feb 26, 2010 - 8:25 AM
Gigabyte has extended their Super Overclock series with a Radeon HD 5870 series graphics card that aims to please enthusiasts and overclockers alike. In order for a Radeon HD 5870 to be branded a 5870 SOC it must pass Gigabyte’s innovative GPU Gauntlet Sorting process that ensures that only premium GPU processors are used in these graphics cards. GIGABYTE’s database analysis system evaluates the GPU core engine, shader engine and memory clock frequencies. If a processor doesn’t meet the pre-defined standard, it will not qualify for the Super Overclock Series. What does this mean to you? We aren’t exactly sure as the press release fails to mention clock speeds or pricing and the Gigabyte website doesn’t have the product listed yet. Yeah, we are bummed out as well. At least you can look at a the PR image and read the description about of they pick great overclocking cards from the mix.
First, GIGABYTE’s database analysis system evaluates the GPU core engine, shader engine and memory. If a processor doesn’t meet the pre-defined standard, it will not qualify for the Super Overclock Series. In addition, GIGABYTE’s proprietary testing toolkit allows engineers to inspect and select the GPUs with the highest frequency. This program operates for 30 minutes and provides important data on the maximum overclocking ability when compared to a stock GPU. Once the Super Overclock point has been determined, engineers will boost the frequency to offer the highest factory default clock setting in the market. Next, each Super Overclock Series GPU faces the Graphics benchmarks, FurMark and 3DMark Vantage, to measure performance and stability under an intense graphics load. A GPU that passes this stage will perform at a lower temperature and fan speed compared to a standard GPU. By choosing the cream of the crop, GIGABYTE ensures rich rendering of intricate 3D scenes and realistic physical effects such as water, gas, steam, fire, etc for a lifelike gaming adventure. Last but not least, engineers test the power switching and stability. The GPUs with the best power efficiency and lowest power consumption qualify for the Super Overclock Series. And GIGABYTE understands that premium graphics cards should not sound like a cement truck rolling down the freeway, so a large cooling fan provides for a quiet computing environment.