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Opinion on ATi 5670 512MB

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March 31, 2010 11:56:19 PM

What are your thoughts on a 5670 for a low end budget card? It is about $110 and from what I've read, they are almost equal to the 8800GTS and 9800GT. I've seen them running games like MW2 at 50FPS Max settings and BFBC2 max settings 20-25Fps. To me, that seems almost fair.

For the price vs performance ratio, do you think it is good? As in, it deserves the $110 price tag for how it performs?
It is DX11 and uses less electricity on idle (125W load; 25W idle) compared to 4000 series which are DX10 and do not use less power.

I'm one of those people who can live with low fps (like 30-40) on max settings which is playable. (10-15) is when it begins to stutter a bit.

Oh btw this opinion is being done with the resolution 1440x900 in mind (19"monitor).

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a c 1318 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 12:05:17 AM
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$110 is to much for the card you can get gts250, HD4770 and HD4850 for less. The card is good for 1440x900 but needs to cost less and it actually does http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
The power draw you listed is wrong according to this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5570,2552...
a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 12:10:12 AM

They are, actually, faster than the 8800GTS (320/640), about as fast as an 8800GT, but not quite 9800GT (about 5% slower). Nice cards for a budget and at that resolution (either 1280x1024 or 1440x900). It's definitely the fastest card you can get which doesn't require a power connector nor a high-end PSU. I've got one on my daughter's machine and she has no issues playing Sims3, Dragon Age or MW2, though I haven't benchmarked it beyond 3dMark06 (11,400 on a quad 965BE).

What processor do you have? If you've got a quad-core of any sort, the card will be a bottlneck IF you ever get a bigger monitor (of course). If you've got an extra $20-$25, I'd recommend a 5750 as there's a lot more HP with those and you'd be able to crank up AA and AF. Again, though, if you're planning on staying at 1440x900 for a while, the 5670 is a great card.
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a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 12:18:19 AM

rolli59 said:
$110 is to much for the card you can get gts250, HD4770 and HD4850 for less. The card is good for 1440x900 but needs to cost less and it actually does http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
The power draw you listed is wrong according to this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5570,2552...

Those are the 512Mb cards, though they should work at that resolution. I'd still go 1Gb, though, simply for AA/AF and high-detail settings at his resolution. Also, the cards you mention above all require power connectors so it depends on what his PSU is. The 5670 is slower than the 4770 - no doubt. It is within shouting distance of a 4850 (about 10% slower) but if you can get a 4850 1Gb for under $110, it's not a bad option depending upon whether you want DX11 or not (Eyefinity isn't an option for gaming on a 5670, though you can do it for your desktop purposes). Given that a GTS250 is a rebadged 9800GT, it's not that far off of those, either, but again you have to consider power draw.
a c 1318 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 12:23:01 AM

dkapke said:
Those are the 512Mb cards, though they should work at that resolution. I'd still go 1Gb, though, simply for AA/AF and high-detail settings at his resolution. Also, the cards you mention above all require power connectors so it depends on what his PSU is. The 5670 is slower than the 4770 - no doubt. It is within shouting distance of a 4850 (about 10% slower) but if you can get a 4850 1Gb for under $110, it's not a bad option depending upon whether you want DX11 or not (Eyefinity isn't an option for gaming on a 5670, though you can do it for your desktop purposes). Given that a GTS250 is a rebadged 9800GT, it's not that far off of those, either, but again you have to consider power draw.

512MB was what OP asked opinion on! In any case the card is hardly powerful enough to gain from additional memory. GTS250 is a re badged 9800GTX+ so it is substantially more powerful.
a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 3:24:55 AM

Ooops...he sure did (ask about 512Mb). I didn't notice that in the title and didn't see it in his question. Doh.

Yes...you're right about the 250...I screwed that up. It is faster, but again it depends on his PSU. He didn't mention his wattage or what processor he's trying to match this up to so that'll have a bearing, too. I'd rather go for a GTS250 for the same cost - no questions. Just not with a 300W PSU on an OEM machine. :-)
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 7:40:27 AM

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