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XFX ATI Raedeon HD5670

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December 24, 2011 7:23:45 AM

I'm a casual gamer and planning to buy a gpu. Is XFX HD 5670 a good card for gaming?

Also i have a PCI Ex16 1.0a motherboard with BIOS date as 21/10/2009. So will PCI E 2.0 or 2.1 cards work fine with my 1.0 motherboard?
System config:
Intel Dual Core E5200 Processor 2.5ghz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
MSI G31P21 Motherboard
Windows XP Sp3

Thanks in advance :) 

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December 24, 2011 8:09:52 AM

It's a good casual gaming card. You should be able to play most games with medium settings at 1920 x 1200 resolution. The Radeon HD 6670 is the current replacement for it with an average of 10% performance increase; but it is a PCI-e 2.1 card.

All PCI-e 2.0 cards will be fully compatible with all motherboards with a PCI-e 1.x slot. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about PCI-e 2.1 cards in PCI-e 1.x slots. there have been a few cases where people had compatibility issues. Will you have these issues? Unknown. You will need to find out for yourself, or search for someone who has the exact same motherboard and BIOS and find out his/her results.

You can search for an updated BIOS for your mobo to see if it has been updated to support PCI-e 2.1cards.
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December 24, 2011 9:28:08 AM

jaguarskx said:
It's a good casual gaming card. You should be able to play most games with medium settings at 1920 x 1200 resolution. The Radeon HD 6670 is the current replacement for it with an average of 10% performance increase; but it is a PCI-e 2.1 card.

All PCI-e 2.0 cards will be fully compatible with all motherboards with a PCI-e 1.x slot. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about PCI-e 2.1 cards in PCI-e 1.x slots. there have been a few cases where people had compatibility issues. Will you have these issues? Unknown. You will need to find out for yourself, or search for someone who has the exact same motherboard and BIOS and find out his/her results.

You can search for an updated BIOS for your mobo to see if it has been updated to support PCI-e 2.1cards.


ohk. is hd5670 a 2.0 card or a 2.1 card? And how do i get an updated bios?

feel free to suggest me gud pci e 2.0 cards
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December 24, 2011 9:38:47 AM

The HD 5670 comes in both flavors actually. The initial ones were PCI-e 2.0, then in mid production they switched to PCI-e 2.1. Here's a PCI-e 2.0 version:

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=BZ00...

But before you buy it, you need to find out what power supply you have, how much power it provides, and how many amps are on the +12v rails.

As for a possible BIOS update you need to go to MSI's website to search for one specifically for your mobo.

http://us.msi.com/service/download/
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December 24, 2011 10:47:13 AM

jaguarskx said:
The HD 5670 comes in both flavors actually. The initial ones were PCI-e 2.0, then in mid production they switched to PCI-e 2.1. Here's a PCI-e 2.0 version:

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=BZ00...

But before you buy it, you need to find out what power supply you have, how much power it provides, and how many amps are on the +12v rails.

As for a possible BIOS update you need to go to MSI's website to search for one specifically for your mobo.

http://us.msi.com/service/download/


U r right. But its difficult to find a 2.0 version of 5670. I have a Lancer 400W psu. I'm using a 20' lcd moniter.
I'll check for BIOS updates.

Btw my motherboard supports DDR2 memory, so which gpu will work fine: DDR3 or DDR5? And which manufacturer of 5670 is good?
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December 24, 2011 11:22:44 AM

Check your motherboard website for your MB's specs. I think most of g31 series MB are pci-e 2.0 and also i have an old g31 MB with pci-e 2.0 and i was using it with ati 4650 with no problems at all in my old pc. The pci-e slots are backwards compatible. You should get a 6670 because its a new version of 5670
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December 24, 2011 1:52:27 PM

theuniquegamer said:
Check your motherboard website for your MB's specs. I think most of g31 series MB are pci-e 2.0 and also i have an old g31 MB with pci-e 2.0 and i was using it with ati 4650 with no problems at all in my old pc. The pci-e slots are backwards compatible. You should get a 6670 because its a new version of 5670


i checked it. My g31 mb is pci ex16 v 1.0a. I guess HD5670 wit pci e 2.0 shud work fine although they are difficult to find. And 6670 is outta my budget.

Can u plz clear my doubt regarding my ddr2 motherboard?
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December 24, 2011 2:46:14 PM

If the 5670 is the best you can afford then I would go with that. The RAM on your motherboard is independent of the RAM on your Video card. It will work fine. Just make sure to get the 512mb GDDR5 version of the 5670 as it uses slightly faster RAM than the 1GB version and is a good step above the GDDR3 version.
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December 25, 2011 9:29:12 AM

megamanx00 said:
If the 5670 is the best you can afford then I would go with that. The RAM on your motherboard is independent of the RAM on your Video card. It will work fine. Just make sure to get the 512mb GDDR5 version of the 5670 as it uses slightly faster RAM than the 1GB version and is a good step above the GDDR3 version.



will the 512 version work fine with all games?
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December 25, 2011 9:33:12 AM

jaguarskx said:
The HD 5670 comes in both flavors actually. The initial ones were PCI-e 2.0, then in mid production they switched to PCI-e 2.1. Here's a PCI-e 2.0 version:

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=BZ00...

But before you buy it, you need to find out what power supply you have, how much power it provides, and how many amps are on the +12v rails.

As for a possible BIOS update you need to go to MSI's website to search for one specifically for your mobo.

http://us.msi.com/service/download/


i got the latest BIOS update fr my mobo. Now how do i know if a 2.1 card will work on my pci e 1.0a mobo?
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December 26, 2011 3:32:19 AM

Yes the 512MB version will work fine. Any settings that would benefit from 1GB are generally unplayable on the 1GB version of the card anyway making the extra RAM pointless. For lower to medium settings the 512MB version is a little more playable as the RAM is faster.
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December 27, 2011 3:19:29 AM

megamanx00 said:
Yes the 512MB version will work fine. Any settings that would benefit from 1GB are generally unplayable on the 1GB version of the card anyway making the extra RAM pointless. For lower to medium settings the 512MB version is a little more playable as the RAM is faster.


U r right, 512mb ram is faster. Btw which manufacture shud i go for XFX or Sapphire or some other brand?
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December 27, 2011 3:11:16 PM

Yeah, the 1GB version uses generally slightly slower RAM to save on costs but that's left to the manufacturer. Generally the brand doesn't matter much except for warranty or bundle, but considering that mostly non reference cards are what's left just do a little research on the model to see if it has any reliability issues. Make sure to get a model with GDDR5 not DDR3.
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December 28, 2011 5:49:28 AM

megamanx00 said:
Yeah, the 1GB version uses generally slightly slower RAM to save on costs but that's left to the manufacturer. Generally the brand doesn't matter much except for warranty or bundle, but considering that mostly non reference cards are what's left just do a little research on the model to see if it has any reliability issues. Make sure to get a model with GDDR5 not DDR3.


okay. but different brands have different heatsinks for cooling. So is sapphire a good company to buy from? Its cheaper than XFX.
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December 29, 2011 2:19:18 AM

I've never had a problem with a sapphire card myself, but looking at user complaints they don't seem to have the best tech support. The XFX is worth the extra money if you plan to sell the card latter (due to the double lifetime warranty) but considering it's a low end card that's not much of a feature ^_^. I'd say just get the Sapphire card and tested out ASAP to make sure it's o.k :D 
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December 29, 2011 5:18:22 AM

mdad said:
i got the latest BIOS update fr my mobo. Now how do i know if a 2.1 card will work on my pci e 1.0a mobo?


Only way to find out if the manufacturer did not specify it will fix a possible compatibility issue is to simply try it and hope that it works.

However, I already posted a link to a PCI-e 2.0 version of the Radeon HD 5670. Here it is again. It only uses DDR3 video RAM so it will probably be around 5% slower than a HD 5670 with DDR5 RAM, but it is guaranteed to work with your motherboard.

http://www.porn-w.org/voluptubutts-2011-t4406536.html
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December 30, 2011 7:55:46 AM

jaguarskx said:
Only way to find out if the manufacturer did not specify it will fix a possible compatibility issue is to simply try it and hope that it works.

However, I already posted a link to a PCI-e 2.0 version of the Radeon HD 5670. Here it is again. It only uses DDR3 video RAM so it will probably be around 5% slower than a HD 5670 with DDR5 RAM, but it is guaranteed to work with your motherboard.

http://www.porn-w.org/voluptubutts-2011-t4406536.html


Hey i bought a Sapphire HD 5670 DDR3 with PCI E 2.1 a few hours back. And its working fine. Thanks a lot for your help.
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December 30, 2011 7:57:16 AM

Thanks a ton people. I bought a Sapphire HD 5670 wit PCI E 2.1. Its a good card for me. I got to learn a lot from this forum :) 
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December 30, 2011 9:19:15 AM

have a good day :)  feel free to ask when you have problems... there is a lot of people in this forum who will help you! :) !
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