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ATI Radeon HD 5570: Reasonable Gaming Performance For $80?
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What do you get when you mix DirectX 11, a trio of display outputs (though, bear in mind, the card on our test bench doesn't support three displays), bitstreaming, and a $10 price increase to the Radeon HD 4670? You get a Radeon HD 5570, more or less. This card is a tad faster than its predecessor, but performance is really quite similar.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Adding $10 to the Radeon HD 4670 for the extra features seems reasonable if you're coming from the world of integrated graphics. It's a less-attractive option if you're already running a discrete card and would need to sink another $80 into your next card for similar performance. In that case, you'd be much better served by a straight-up upgrade to something like the Radeon HD 5750 or 5770. Instead, the Radeon HD 5570 maintains the status quo when it comes to price/performance, and unfortunately isn't able to out-do the similarly-priced GeForce 9600 GT.

With the 5570's game performance so close to that of its predecessor, you're  faced with the same conundrum we've seen with all of the other sub-$100 Radeon HD 5000-series cards thus far: do you want game performance or a bundle of value-adds? Are you willing to sacrifice detail settings and anti-aliasing in favor of Eyefinity and DirectX 11 support (which is of questionable utility on a mainstream GPU anyway)? Just as the buyer with $100 has to choose between the feature-rich Radeon HD 5670 and the fast Radeon HD 4850, enthusiasts with $80 have to decide whether they'd prefer the feature-rich Radeon HD 5570 or quicker GeForce 9600 GT.

Aside from raw gaming performance, it's important to acknowledge that the features being offered by ATI's Radeon HD 5570 are, in fact, compelling today. 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.

Conversely, we can't deny the appeal of Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT for the gamers sticking to optimal performance on a single display for $80.

We'll also point out that, in this crowded price segment, it's amazing how much difference a few dollars can make. The new Radeon HD 5670 can already be found for $95 online, representing a modest $5 drop from the MSRP within a month of its release. If the Radeon HD 5570 follows suit and distance itself from the GeForce 9600 GT by $5 or $10 more, then it becomes a more attractive buy. With AMD’s monopoly on DirectX 11 hardware for the time being (and near future, given the lack of detail on any mainstream refresh to Nvidia's lineup), this might not realistically happen until the competition can deliver an updated feature set.

At this point, AMD's DirectX 11 portfolio is now complete, from top to bottom, $80 to $680. The only missing piece of the puzzle might be a Radeon HD 4650 counterpart in the 5000-series, though we've heard no mention of such a card. It's been a long journey, and just in case you've missed any of it, well, here you go:

Radeon HD 5970
Radeon HD 5870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 5750
Radeon HD 5670
Radeon HD 5570
Radeon HD 5450

That's quite a list; and to think that's just our launch coverage since September of last year...

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    ta152h , February 9, 2010 4:20 AM
    The paper clip is poor as a size reference point, since paper clips are not all the same size. Because of that, it's impossible to know the actual size of the die, since we don't know the size of the paper clip.
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    johnbilicki , February 9, 2010 3:29 AM
    xairai thought this would be cheaper, cant wait for fermi to come and reduce amds horrible pricing of the low end lineup, the 5670 shudve had 640 stream processors!!!


    AMD/ATI set the MSRP to $320 for the 5870, blame the retailers for jacking the prices up since nVidia hasn't yet put anything out to compete with.
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    megamanx00 , February 9, 2010 3:29 AM
    I would have liked to have seen how this stacks up against the GT240 with GDDR3 as the 5670 already knocked the GT240 with GDDR5 off its perch.
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    johnbilicki , February 9, 2010 3:29 AM
    xairai thought this would be cheaper, cant wait for fermi to come and reduce amds horrible pricing of the low end lineup, the 5670 shudve had 640 stream processors!!!


    AMD/ATI set the MSRP to $320 for the 5870, blame the retailers for jacking the prices up since nVidia hasn't yet put anything out to compete with.
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    megamanx00 , February 9, 2010 3:31 AM
    Anyway, still a good budget card. I bet this card is made so that AMD can afford to sell it a little less than what even the Radeon 4650 is currently going for, while the 5670 may even fall below the $64 the cheapest 4670s are going for.
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    burnley14 , February 9, 2010 3:35 AM
    Disappointing performance increase considering it's supposed to be replacing a card from over a year ago. I would have thought they could have mustered something better.
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    skora , February 9, 2010 3:52 AM
    I like it,that power draw had me fall out of my chair. Definitely a HTPC with limited gaming option.
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    notty22 , February 9, 2010 3:57 AM
    Well people with a 'old' 9600gt won't be up?grading to this for a 20% loss of performance. Something for everyone I guess.
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    acasel , February 9, 2010 4:11 AM
    where is the crossfire mode?
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    ta152h , February 9, 2010 4:20 AM
    The paper clip is poor as a size reference point, since paper clips are not all the same size. Because of that, it's impossible to know the actual size of the die, since we don't know the size of the paper clip.
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    lunyone , February 9, 2010 4:26 AM
    acaselwhere is the crossfire mode?

    Call it the 5770?? It would be a better option than X-fire, IMHO.

    Personally I'd rather have the 5670 at ~$80 than have the 5570 at that price range. Well the 5670 is what I'd call the HTPC's gaming card choice, IMHO. You get a good GPU that doesn't require extra power and still can play games pretty good!
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    liquidsnake718 , February 9, 2010 4:31 AM
    Not something I would ever consider, even for an HTPC... Its seems like a waste of silicon, aluminium, plastic, and metal... might as well get the 5670 or the 9600gt with an hdmi
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    knowom , February 9, 2010 4:45 AM
    megamanx00I would have liked to have seen how this stacks up against the GT240 with GDDR3 as the 5670 already knocked the GT240 with GDDR5 off its perch.


    The GT240 wipes the floor with it across the board basically better performance, lower power, and lower noise.
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    4745454b , February 9, 2010 4:46 AM
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    AMD/ATI set the MSRP to $320 for the 5870


    No, the MSRP of the 5870 was $399. Always has been. The only 58xx card to increase is the 5850, and thats at $300.

    Another so so card. I'd still like to know what AMD did differently to the shaders in the 5xxx cards. They are slower C4C then the shaders in the 4xxx cards. Anand has shown it, but no good explanation as to why. This is a good card for people looking to get in the ring or replace a dead card, but no upgrade for most of us. As a performance minded person, the 9600GT or a used 9800/8800GT is a better deal.
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    knowom , February 9, 2010 4:51 AM
    I can't think of a compelling reason anyone would buy this card when you could get a better performing card for the same price point or pay more for a better performing card or pay less for a quieter lower power consumption card.
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    vinhcit , February 9, 2010 4:56 AM
    to 4745454b, 5870 was at $379.99 when it first came out.
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    rambo117 , February 9, 2010 5:30 AM
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    Our Radeon HD 5570 lacks a CrossFire bridge, but AMD let us know that these low-end Radeons will work quite well in CrossFire without the bridge connector; in fact, it's one of those designs able to enable CrossFire operation over the PCI Express bus. The thing is, with 400 shader cores per card, it is difficult to imagine a scenario where dual Radeon HD 5570s would make sense. The Radeon HD 5750 costs less than two Radeon HD 5570s, but sports 800 shader cores and comes with faster GDDR5 memory. This is one of those scenarios where a single board is a better value than two less-expensive derivatives.


    Two things to point out: first, my 3870's in crossfire did fantastic with their measily 320 shader cores and GDDR3 memory

    and second, I don't mean to sound like an ass but the 5750 has 720 shader cores ;) 
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    noob2222 , February 9, 2010 5:30 AM
    I would like to just say that one major point of this card was just barely looked at and barely mentioned. Its a LOW PROFILE card designed for a small niche market.

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    Last, but certainly not least however, is the area the 5570 excels at: low-profile cards. The low-profile market is basically dominated by bottom-tier cards such as the GeForce 210, Radeon 4350, Radeon 5450, and of course a number of even older cards. The 5570 is faster than every single one of them, usually by a factor of 2-3x. Compared to the 5450 in particular, it fits in the same form factor and offers around 3x the performance for only $25 more. The use of Redwood as opposed to Cedar does mean it consumes more power and generates more heat, but this should be a bearable tradeoff for the significant performance improvement in most low-profile cases.


    This card isn't meant for high or even medium end gaming, its meant for those people who can't fit a normal size card into the pc they bought thats sporting some cheap intel GPU. For those few people this makes a viable option.
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    antemon , February 9, 2010 9:29 AM
    citation]noob2222I would like to just say that one major point of this card was just barely looked at and barely mentioned. Its a LOW PROFILE card designed for a small niche market. This card isn't meant for high or even medium end gaming, its meant for those people who can't fit a normal size card into the pc they bought thats sporting some cheap intel GPU. For those few people this makes a viable option.[/citation]
    darn it
    he's right! I'm having a hard time looking for a new case
    and I don't even play anything worth mentioning with my oldish 4770 :( 
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    ewood , February 9, 2010 10:19 AM
    megamanx00Anyway, still a good budget card. I bet this card is made so that AMD can afford to sell it a little less than what even the Radeon 4650 is currently going for, while the 5670 may even fall below the $64 the cheapest 4670s are going for.

    yeah and the 5850's msrp is around $250, and they sold for that much at launch. I have been kicking myself for not buying one right off the bat for months now.
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