Sometimes, even high-end isn’t quite high-end enough when it comes to PC components. The folks at Chinese site Zol.com.cn have nabbed photos and information about an Asus Republic of Gamers Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, which reportedly features higher-than normal clock speeds and some neat features for overclockers and tweakers.
Where AMD clocks regular Radeon HD 5870 GPUs at 850MHz and outfits them with 1GB of 4.8Gbps GDDR5 memory, the Asus card will purportedly run at 900MHz with no less than 2GB of 4.9Gbps GDDR5. Increase voltage settings, and Zol.com.cn says you’ll be able to hit 1080MHz with the GPU and 5.2Gbps with the memory. Perhaps that’s why the card has two eight-pin PCI Express power connectors and, in the words of the Google translation, "Fujitsu military-level capacitance."
The photos also suggest this upscale Radeon will have specially exposed contacts for voltage monitoring using a multimeter, and Asus’ overclocking software will offer a way to save settings directly to the card, as well—no need to leave software running in the background. Should things go awry with overclocked settings, the card also includes a "Safe Mode" reset button on the I/O pane. That I/O pane only includes three ports, though: DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI. (Regular 5870s have two DVI outputs.)
According to Zol.com.cn, the Asus Republic of Gamers Radeon HD 5870 should be "available immediately." We’re not seeing it on Asus’ ROG portal, but we have no doubt the card will command a meaty price premium over regular Radeon HD 5870s, which already cost around 400 bucks, when it reaches U.S. shores. (Thanks to Expreview for the link.)