Want to make the best of your $80? This is it.
Looking for the best bang-for-buck video card to fuel your budget sensitive PC gaming habit? Then AMD may have the answer for you. AMD today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 5570 graphics card, packing full support for DirectX 11, as well as ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and ATI Stream capabilities.
"AMD recognizes that small form factor PCs are becoming more popular and low profile graphics upgrade options have been limited to date," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. "Customers purchasing small form factor PCs are looking for improved performance while gaming, watching HD video or working with the latest productivity applications. The ATI Radeon HD 5570 graphics card delivers all of this at a price that won't break the bank."
This latest offering completes a full DirectX 11 refresh of AMD discrete graphics products – a milestone the graphics division has to be pleased about.
From our own hands-on with the card, we found it to be an excellent value at just $80.
Consider that this is a half-height reference card, able to transform even the smallest systems into viable gaming machines. Power usage is extremely low for the performance offered, and no auxiliary power connector is needed. And yet, the Radeon HD 5570 manages playable frame rates in every one of our game tests at 1680x1050 (and sometimes 1920x1200). Triple-monitor Eyefinity gaming could be viable in less-demanding titles, such as World of Warcraft, at a price substantially lower than the Radeon HD 5670. Just make sure the board you buy has a DisplayPort output first.
All of these features make it easier to recommend the Radeon HD 5570 over the slightly less expensive (but notably slower) Radeon HD 5450.