It has taken vendors a while to come up with their own PCB designs for the R5870, so up until today we had to settle for those sometimes poorly overclocking reference designs. However, in the next couple of weeks, three manufacturers are planning to release their customized version of ATI’s fastest single-GPU solution: Asus, GIGABYTE and MSI.
The overclockability of the GIGABYTE Super Overclocked edition has already been showed in a video made by Hicookie. Roughly 1400/1400MHz, which is, sadly enough, only slightly better than the best reference R5870s. MSI’s R5870 Lightning hasn’t been showed just yet, but a little birdie has told me results are on the way. Not only because that little birdie told me … also a bit because I have a sample sitting here on my desk. Asus’ Matrix card has been announced, yes, but sadly enough we haven’t seen any performance figures yet. If I recall correctly, the Matrix card does offer 2GB of memory, which might give Asus overclockers a small advantage in the long run. But those are just guesses … we’ll have to wait for the results to draw conclusions.
In any case, both GIGABYTE and MSI are now sending out their samples to top-overclockers, so I’m fairly sure we’ll be seeing a lot of world records broken in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!