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ATI Radeon 5570 Graphics Card Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:RktWZc8Fe1alfM:http://xtreview.com/images/ATI%2520radeon%2520HD%25205550%2520and%2520ATI%2520radeon%2520HD%25205570%252001.jpgGaming on a budget can be difficult, modern games require serious horsepower and not having the right components will seriously limit you gaming experience. ATI has been listening to the lowly gamer and provided us with a new series of card with just the right price point for our monetarily challenged friends. The ATI Radeon 5570 Series of Graphics Cards are out and they are making a big scene. These cards boast some pretty impressive features and still support DirectX 11 all for a sub $100 price tag. Let’s cut through all the hype and see how well the ATI Radeon 5570 can perform:

 

Provided by: ATI

Price: $79-$85

Closer Look:

 


 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

  1. Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  2. ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays. *
  3. ATI Stream technology**
  4. 40nm Process Technology
  5. PCI Express® 2.1 support
  6. Microsoft Windows 7® Support
  7. Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering
  8. Accelerated Video Transcoding**
  9. Display Flexibility
  10. HDMI 1.3
  11. Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master AudioTM Support
  12. ATI PowerPlay Technology***
  13. ATI Avivo™ Technology Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2)***
  14. Supports OpenGL 3.2 ****
  15. ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology*****

ATI Eyefinity Technology can support up to 6 displays using a single enabled ATI Radeon™ graphics card – the number of displays may vary by board design and you should confirm exact specifications with the applicable manufacturer before purchase. ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios, which is required for panning across multiple displays. To enable more than two displays, additional panels with native DisplayPort™ connectors, and/or certified DisplayPort™ adapters to convert your monitor’s native input to your cards DisplayPort™ or Mini-DisplayPort™ connector(s), are required4 ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support nonstandard aspect ratios which is required for panning across three displays.

Refer to the following SKU feature for a list of SKU for Eyefinity support.

**Requires application support for ATI Stream technology.

***ATI PowerPlay™, ATI Avivo™ and ATI Stream are technology platforms that include a broad set of capabilities offered by certain ATI Radeon™ HD GPUs. Not all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may require complementary products. The ATI Radeon HD 5450 Gpus can support bicubic upscale for SD content when desktop resolution<=1920x1200. All HD content or desktop sizes greater than 1920x1200 will go through bilinear scale.

**** OpenCL compliant driver and SDK release scheduled for later in 2010

*****ATI CrossFireX™ technology requires an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard, an ATI CrossFireX™ Bridge Interconnect (for each additional graphics card) and may require aspecialized power supply.

 

System Requirements

– PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard

– 400 Watt or greater power supply recommended

– Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products

– Minimum 1GB of system memory

– Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

– DVD playback requires DVD drive

– Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive

 

Maximum Display Resolution:

  • D-Dub(VGA): 2048 x 1536 @85 Hz.
  • DL-DVI-I: 2560 x 1600@60Hz
  • HDMI: 1920 x 1200
  • Display Port: 2560 x 1600@60Hz
  • Eyefinity: 5670 x 1200@60Hz*

*Grouped with 3 monitors supporting resolutions at 1920 x 1200 with one of them supporting Display Port input.


Operating System

  • Windows XP(32Bit/64Bit)
  • Windows Vista(32Bit/64Bit)
  • Windows Media Center Edition 2005
  • Windows 7

Radeon 5000 Series Comparison Guide:

Model
Core MHz
Mem MHz
Memory
Bus Width
Processors
Radeon HD 5970
725
1000
2048MB
256-bit
1600 x 2
Radeon HD 5870
850
1200
1024MB
256-bit
1600
Radeon HD 5850
725
1000
1024MB
256-bit
1440
Radeon HD 5830
???
???
???MB
???-bit
???
Radeon HD 5770
850
1200
1024MB
128-bit
800
Radeon HD 5750
700
1150
512MB - 1GB
128-bit
720
Radeon HD 5670
775
1000
512MB - 1GB
128-bit
400
Radeon HD 5570
650
900
512MB - 1GB
128-bit
400
Radeon HD 5450
650
800
512MB - 1GB
64-bit
80


SKU

11167-00

ASIC

Radeon HD 5570

Bus Interface

PCI-E x16 (PCI-E 2.1)

Memory

1024MB / 128-bit DDR3

Clock Speed

650MHz Eclk / Effective 1800 MHz Mclk

Cooling System

Single slot Fan with auto fan control

Bracket

Full Height (LP option in box)

Display Support

DVI-I

HDMI

VGA

HDCP

Yes

Eyefinity Support

No

Crossfire Support

Software Crossfire

Accessories

HDMI+DVI LP bracket x1

VGA LP bracket x1

SKU

11167-02

ASIC

Radeon HD 5570

Bus Interface

PCI-E x16 (PCI-E 2.1)

Memory

1024MB / 128-bit DDR3

Hyper Memory

Yes

Clock Speed

650Hz Eclk / Effective 1800 MHz Mclk

Cooling System

Single slot with auto fan control

Bracket

Full Height (LP option in box)

Display Support

DVI-I

HDMI

VGA

HDCP

Yes

Eyefinity Support

No

Crossfire Support

Software Crossfire

Accessories

HDMI+DVI LP bracket x1

VGA LP bracket x1


Testing Setup:

 
Conclusion:
Overall the 5570 is by far one of the best cards I have personally used; are there better cards out there? Yes, but does the overall improvement on performance worth the additional cost? That’s debateable if you are a casual gamer and there are only a handful of games you actually play on a regular basis this might be the right choice for you. Not everyone plays all their games in 1920x1080 resolutions in fact  even now the two most popular resolutions are 1024x768 and 1280x1024 (polled from 26,000 casual gamers). The 5570 is the perfect card for a budget casual gamer it has all of the features gamers have come to expect then it takes things to another level by including Eyefinity technology, DX 11, and the new Stream Technology. The ability to play all of the Eyefinity games at playable FPS makes buying this card a no brainer.

Would I recommend this card? Yes, if you are a casual gamer and 1280 resolution lover than the 5570 is the card for you. On the other hand if you are a hard core gamer and want max settings all the time and have the coin to fund your addiction pick yourself up a 5800 or 5900 series.

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