At $624.99 over at Newegg, the GIGABYTE HD 5970 falls in line with most of the other HD 5970s listed. If anything, it sits on the cheaper side. Stock of the model is only getting better and it seems that more stock was shipped from suppliers in the final week of November which is great news if you want one of these cards.
While the bundle might be a bit lacking when it comes to extra games, there's everything that you really need to get the card up and running. The chances are you already have some games in mind to play anyway.
Performance on the model is just awesome; out of the box you really can't find yourself disappointed with the model. The good news is it only gets better if you take the time to try the OverVolt utility and get stuck into Overdrive which is included in the Catalyst suite.
What you might find is that while you don't need the extra power today, come six months time and some new game releases, with a tweak of the core and memory clock you can continue to play those brand new intensive games just as well, if not better than the games you're playing today.
At the moment it's a bit of 'you'll take what you can get' when it comes to the HD 5970. Supply is only going to get better and it seems that recently it's beginning to get more and more positive. There's no denying that to make the best of the card you have to overclock, but don't let this scare you off. The whole process is pretty easy and on a whole fairly quick.
If you're getting some time off over the holidays and you're in need of a new graphics card, the HD 5970 from GIGABYTE is no doubt going to bring a smile to your face. The hardest thing about the purchase of this card is trying to explain it to the other half or your accountant. And to be honest, I feel like my *MS Word is running better with the HD 5970, so that sounds like a perfect excuse.
*My MS Word isn't really running better, but that's what I say when the accountant asks why I spent $600 on only one part of a whole computer.