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Radeon HD 5570: Features

ATI Radeon HD 5570: Reasonable Gaming Performance For $80?
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It's hard to avoid sounding like a broken record when it comes to the functionality found on the 5000-series cards: this is the eighth ATI card we've reviewed in six months, and they're identical across the entire line. For an in-depth look at the Radeon HD 5000-series features the best place to turn is probably our Radeon HD 5870 launch article, but we'll quickly go through the checklist to refresh your memory:

DirectX 11 Compatibility

Until Nvidia launches its GeForce GTX 470 and 480 cards, based on GF100, ATI's Radeon HD 5000-series is the only game in town if you're interested in DirectX 11-based hardware.

Up until now, the list of DirectX 11 game titles has been somewhat sparse. But the eventual proliferation of the API is inevitable as time passes and more developers start working with it.  Thus far, we haven't fallen in love with any of the DirectX 11-optimized titles (DiRT 2 being our more recent exploration). However, we are looking to Aliens Vs. Predator as the potential killer app that will make DirectX 11 hardware a must-have for gamers. These expectations are primarily based on the examples of tessellation we've seen demonstrated pre-launch.

Eyefinity Triple-Monitor Gaming

Having experienced Eyefinity gaming, I can say that it is a lot more impressive than I assumed it would be; it really saturates the player's peripheral vision. Having said that, there are still issues associated with multi-monitor gaming on the Radeon HD 5000-series: high resolutions that aren't necessarily playable on mainstream cards, a developing game support ecosystem with some odd aspect ratios, and the need to use one DisplayPort monitor (or an active DisplayPort adapter for older displays). These considerations have the potential to take some of the fun out of Eyefinity, but we expect most of these issues to work themselves out over time. As usual, early adopters will take the brunt of the teething pains as ATI optimizes its drivers.

Bitstreaming Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio

Home theater enthusiasts who wish to send an intact Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD MA stream directly to their receivers for decoding have a few different options for enabling such functionality. The Radeon HD 5000-series cards are one (and they're ideal if 3D performance is a priority). Intel's Clarkdale-based CPUs with integrated graphics are viable as well, though much-less capable of playing even mainstream games at 1080p. A sound card like Asus' Xonar HDAV 1.3 works as well, but is less of a value now that ATI and Intel support similar functionality. Both companies fully accelerate Blu-ray playback too, whereas the sound card option requires addressing video through some other means.

ATI Stream and DirectCompute

In this author's opinion, ATI Stream and DirectCompute support are the least relevant features that the new Radeons offer today, but they have the potential to make a large impact. It's all a matter of application support, and at this time there isn't enough of that to get excited about. When DirectCompute is used for advanced physics calculations in games, when ATI Stream is used to accelerate everyday applications, then this author will be excited about it. But we're still waiting for that critical mass, despite the fact that both ATI and Nvidia like to show off the few mainstream titles that can be accelerated via GPU-based computing right now.

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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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