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ATI Radeon HD 5570 is for Bang-for-Buck Gamers

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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.

Check out our full review here.

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    Gulli , February 9, 2010 9:55 PM
    macer1an ati x700 will push CS:S to + 100 FPS maxed everything with a AMD 64 3500 I HIGHLY DOUBT this GPU would have ANY problems maxing anything released before 2008


    You do know Crysis was released in 2007, don't you?
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    dman3k , February 10, 2010 2:02 AM
    Sushi WarriorOh my god, I am losing faith in Toms SO fast. This card loses to a GT240 by a good margin. This is NOT the best gaming for $80. Dipshits.
    You do understand that the GT240 they used for comparison is the Zotac GDDR5 Amp! Edition which is designed to perform better than the reference GT240? Do you also understand it is without DirectX 11? Not that you even have 3 displays, do you know it can only support 2? And wouldn't you know it cost $92?

    All things considered, ATI 5570 is the better buy; especially if Zotac decides to make an "AMP!" edition and pair it with GDDR5...
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    alvine , February 9, 2010 9:26 PM
    i wonder how it would run css and older games
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    Gulli , February 9, 2010 9:37 PM
    Don't know how the situation is stateswise, but in my country the 5570 is more expensive then a 9600GT which performs better...
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    macer1 , February 9, 2010 9:41 PM
    an ati x700 will push CS:S to + 100 FPS maxed everything with a AMD 64 3500

    I HIGHLY DOUBT this GPU would have ANY problems maxing anything released before 2008
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    Gulli , February 9, 2010 9:55 PM
    macer1an ati x700 will push CS:S to + 100 FPS maxed everything with a AMD 64 3500 I HIGHLY DOUBT this GPU would have ANY problems maxing anything released before 2008


    You do know Crysis was released in 2007, don't you?
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    shadow187 , February 9, 2010 10:00 PM
    GulliYou do know Crysis was released in 2007, don't you?


    But wasn't in the v1.1 mod and the updates that took the graphics to a new level? :p 
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    sabot00 , February 9, 2010 10:05 PM
    shadow187But wasn't in the v1.1 mod and the updates that took the graphics to a new level?

    Do some research, the patches were mostly bug-fixs. Look at the Crysis pictures, it's still CryENGINE 2 the entire time, all the hype was from v1.
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    coolgod , February 9, 2010 10:08 PM
    GulliYou do know Crysis was released in 2007, don't you?

    ever tried turning on 16x AA?
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    Socnom , February 9, 2010 10:11 PM
    Just go with the bigger silicon, improved performance and more fun to play with.
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    fulle , February 9, 2010 10:13 PM
    The 5570 is a small form factor card, that's more appropriate for machines that need low power requirements, or cannot support full form factor cards... like HTPCs. And, in that regard, it seems like it has lower power and heat than even a GT240, according to the article here on Tom's

    This is NOT for bang for your buck gamers. There are better choices if an $80 gaming card is the goal.
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    megamanx00 , February 9, 2010 10:17 PM
    Wish this was out before I got my low profile 4650 for my slim XPS 210 (my HTPC) two weeks ago.
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    AMW1011 , February 9, 2010 11:27 PM
    GulliYou do know Crysis was released in 2007, don't you?


    He said game, not interactive benchmark.
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    Ramar , February 10, 2010 12:04 AM
    -cough-advertisement-cough-
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    micky_lund , February 10, 2010 1:31 AM
    ati, proudly sponsored by Tom's Hardware
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    dman3k , February 10, 2010 2:02 AM
    Sushi WarriorOh my god, I am losing faith in Toms SO fast. This card loses to a GT240 by a good margin. This is NOT the best gaming for $80. Dipshits.
    You do understand that the GT240 they used for comparison is the Zotac GDDR5 Amp! Edition which is designed to perform better than the reference GT240? Do you also understand it is without DirectX 11? Not that you even have 3 displays, do you know it can only support 2? And wouldn't you know it cost $92?

    All things considered, ATI 5570 is the better buy; especially if Zotac decides to make an "AMP!" edition and pair it with GDDR5...
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    eklipz330 , February 10, 2010 2:58 AM
    soo.... where's the ad for the hd 5830 that was rumored?
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    soulbro , February 10, 2010 3:27 AM
    alvinei wonder how it would run css and older games

    I'm sure it can handle cascading style sheets with no problem. I'm a bit surprised you think of it as a "game," however...
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    choctawfootball , February 10, 2010 4:19 AM
    Mr yam,

    this article offends me.

    The 1 gb 4870 for $139.99 ( plus free shipping ) from the egg is a much better bang for the buck for gamers than you suggest.

    Your key word is "gamers"

    and it took in about a minute to find a better deal than you suggest. I'm sure I could find an even better deal with more time.
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    V3ctor , February 10, 2010 6:35 AM
    HD5570 +/- = HD3870... So, It plays games well at 1280x1024... Just to think in a HD3870 and seeing this HD5570 and they have similar performance, is just unbelievable...
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    tektek , February 10, 2010 6:40 AM
    soulbroI'm sure it can handle cascading style sheets with no problem. I'm a bit surprised you think of it as a "game," however...


    LOL
    Counter Strike:Source = CSS

    I hope your being sarcastic.. lol
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