XFX is planning an ATI-based graphics card which it hopes will be a Fermi-killer - and it is backing its claims up with some serious firepower in the form of rather novel packaging according to Nordic Hardware
The company is looking to beat rivals betting on Nvidia's GTX480 and GTX470 GPUs with a card of its own based around the ATI 5970, and preliminary specifications suggest it might just manage that.
With no official statement regarding the product yet available from XFX, firm specifications are thin on the ground - but the suggestion is that the XFX 5970 Black Edition will come with a whopping 4GB of graphics memory, six mini DisplayPorts - making the card EyeFinity ready - and a custom overclocking tool, just in case the card wasn't already fast enough for your tastes.
Although the specs should be enough to raise eyebrows, where the story takes a turn for the bizarre is in the packaging: pre-release renders leaked from the company's marketing agency suggest that the 5970 Black Edition will come inserted into a replica of a P90 sub-machine gun - with the card taking the place of the traditional magazine. As if that wasn't enough to get you funny looks from the postman, the company is also allegedly planning to provide a gun bag for carting gear to LAN events - although you might want to avoid taking it on public transport, just in case.
As for pricing and expected release date, we'll have to hold on for an official announcement from XFX.
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