PowerColor Radeon 5570 Graphic Card Crossfire X Review

http://img.pricebat.ca/productimage/normal/10168795.jpgWhen we first did the review of the new ATI Radeon 5570 I was extremely impressed with its performance for the cost of the card. I was always curious about the software Crossfire X capabilities when I first heard about them; in my mind not having the connector seems strange so I talked to PowerColor and they bequeathed to us 2 cards so that we could check out what kind of performance increase you would see from running them in Crossfire X under software, well today we will find out but first let’s check out the cards:

Provided by: PowerColor

Price: $74.99

Closer Look:

Specifications and Features:

  • Part NumberAX5570 1GBD3-LH
  • Graphics Engine RADEON HD5570
  • Video Memory1GB DDR3
  • Engine Clock650MHz
  • Memory Clock800MHz x 2
  • Memory Interface128bit
  • DirectX Support11
  • Bus StandardPCIE 2.1
  • Display ConnectorsDL-DVI/HDMI/VGA


  • 627 million 40nm transistors
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
    • 400 Stream Processing Units
    • 20 Texture Units
    • 32 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    • 8 Color ROP Units
  • DDR2/DDR3 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX® 11 support
    • Shader Model 5.0
    • DirectCompute 11
    • Programmable hardware tessellation unit
    • Accelerated multi-threading
    • HDR texture compression
    • Order-independent transparency
  • OpenGL 3.2 support1
  • Image quality enhancement technology
    • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
    • Adaptive anti-aliasing
    • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
    • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
    • Three independent display controllers
      • Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
    • Display grouping
      • Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • ATI Stream acceleration technology
    • OpenCL Support1
    • DirectCompute 11
    • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
  • ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology6
    • Dual GPU scaling
  • ATI Avivo™ HD Video & Display technology7
    • UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
    • Advanced post-processing and scaling8
    • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
    • Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
    • Independent video gamma control
    • Dynamic video range control
    • Support for H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Adobe Flash9
    • Dual-stream 1080p playback support10,11
    • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
    • Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP12

      • Max resolution: 2560×160013
    • Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio

      • Max resolution: 1920×120013
    • Integrated VGA output

      • Max resolution: 2048×153613
    • Integrated HD audio controller

      • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
      • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology7
    • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
    • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
  • Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

  1. OpenCL compliant driver and SDK release scheduled for later in 2010
  2. 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 required
  3. ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios which is required for panning across three displays
  4. Requires application support for ATI Stream technology
  5. Digital rights management restrictions may apply
  6. ATI CrossFireX™ technology requires an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard, an ATI CrossFireX™ Bridge Interconnect (for each additional graphics card) and may require a specialized power supply
  7. 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
  8. Upscaling subject to available monitor resolution
  9. Adobe Flash video acceleration and post-processing is supported for H.264-encoded content. Requires Adobe Flash Player 10.1 plug-in and ATI Catalyst 9.11 or higher video driver..
  10. Blu-ray or HD DVD drive and HD monitor required
  11. Requires Blu-ray movie disc supporting dual 1080p streams
  12. Playing HDCP content requires additional HDCP ready components, including but not limited to an HDCP ready monitor, Blu-ray or HD DVD disc drive, multimedia application and computer operating system.
  13. Some custom resolutions require user configuration


Graphics Engine RADEON HD5570
Video Memory 1GB DDR3
Engine Clock 650MHz
Memory Clock 800MHz x 2
Memory Interface 128bit
DirectX Support 11
Bus Standard PCIE 2.1
Standard Display Connecors DL-DVI/HDMI/VGA
Feature Support
DirectX Support 11
OpenGL Support
CrossFireX Technology Support
ATI Stream Technology Support
ATI Eyefinity Technology  
ATI Hypermemory Technology  
Display Support
VGA Output On Board
DVI Output Dual Link DVI-I x1
HDMI On Board
TV Output  
HDTV Output  
HDCP Support Support
Maximum Resolution
VGA 2048×1536
DVI 2560×1600
HDMI 1920×1200
Power Specs + Board Dimensions
Board Dimensions  
Minimum System Power requirement (W) 400W
Extention Power Connector  

Testing Setup:


As far as board partners go I have always liked Asus and PowerColor graphics cards, and the new line of 5570’s coming from PowerColor is no exception. I was honestly sceptical of the use of software to bridge two ATI base GPU’s for Crossfire X in the beginning after testing I was pleasantly put in my place. For under $200 you get the abilities of cards that would cost you a bit more than $150 couple that with the ability to utilize 2GB’s of memory from the card makes it a great setup for a home power user. Although the cards run at lower clock speeds and only have DDR3 memory on board they perform great with playable frame rates across the board which in the end is what is really important.

Would I rec0omend going Crossfire X with the PowerColor 5570’s? Yup, they performed better than I would have expected and they are quiet low wattage and have more than enough power for most users.


  • Low Wattage
  • Low Profile
  • Price
  • Great CFX Performance
  • Quiet
  • 1GB Memory
  • No Additional Power Source Needed


  • CFX Doesn’t Work for Everything

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