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ATI Radeon HD 5570: Reasonable Gaming Performance For $80?
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When choosing cards to test against the Radeon HD 5570, we looked at options in the same price league, from the $70 Radeon HD 4670 to the $95 Radeon HD 5670. We also included the Radeon HD 4650 for reference, as this is the lowest-end graphics card we recommend to gamers in our monthly Best Graphics Cards For The Money column.

Many of our test units are factory-overclocked models. To better represent a level playing field (and to address some of the concerns we've seen in the comments section), we have underclocked all of these cards to reference clock rates. The only exception to this is the Radeon HD 4670, which comes with 800 MHz memory (compared to the reference 1,000 MHz). But this was not modified, as most Radeon HD 4670 models are actually sold with 800 MHz memory.


Graphic Test System
CPU

Intel Core i7-920 (Nehalem), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8MB Shared L3 Cache
Overclocked to 3.06 GHz @ 153 MHz BCLK

Motherboard

ASRock X58 SuperComputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

Networking
Onboard Realtek gigabit LAN controller
Memory

Kingston PC3-10700
3 x 1,024MB, DDR3-1225, CL 9-9-9-22-1T

Graphics

ATI Radeon HD 5670
725 MHz Core, 1,000 MHz Memory, 512MB GDDR5

Gigabyte GeForce 9600 GT
650 MHz Core, 1,625 MHz Shaders, 900 MHz Memory, 1GB DDR3

Zotac GeForce GT 240 512 MB AMP! Edition
600 MHz Core, 1,460 MHz Shaders, 1,000 MHz Memory, 512MB GDDR5
Underclocked to reference speed: 550 MHz core, 1,360 MHz shaders, 850 MHz memory

Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT (representing GeForce 9800 GT)
700 MHz Core, 1,700 MHz Shaders, 920 MHz Memory, 512MB DDR3
Underclocked to reference speed: 600 MHz core, 1,500 MHz shaders, 900 MHz memory

Diamond Radeon HD 4670
750 MHz Core, 800 MHz Memory, 1GB DDR3

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650
600 MHz Core, 400 MHz Memory, 512MB DDR2

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Power

Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W
1,200 W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1
DirectX versionDirectX 10
Graphics Drivers

AMD Catalyst 9.12, Nvidia GeForce 195.62

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 9, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Low Quality, Medium Textures, Shadows, Physics, Shaders, Water, and Sound, No AA

Far Cry 2

Patch 1.02, in-game benchmark
Medium Quality, No AA

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark
Highest Settings, no AA
DiRT 2
Version 1.0.0, Custom THG Benchmark
Run 1: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 9
Run 2: Ultra High Settings, No AA, DirectX 11
World In Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 9, timedemo
Medium Details, No AA/No AF

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Patch 1.02, DirectX 10 & 10.1, in-game benchmark
Low Shadows, Sun Shafts
Medium View Distance, Environment, SSAO
High Forest, Textures
HDR, Engine Heat, and DOE On, No AA

Left 4 Dead

Version 1.0.1.5., Custom THG Benchmark
Run 1: High Settings, no AA, no AF
Run 2: High Settings, Medium Shaders, 4xAA, 8xAF

Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 Benchmark Version
High Shadows and Textures, Medium Overall Detail, Motion Blur On, no AA, no AF

Fallout 3

Patch 1.4.0.6., Custom THG Benchmark
High Quality, No AA, No AF

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, PhysX Off, 3DMark scores

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  • 28 Hide
    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.
  • 7 Hide
    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
    Quote:
    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
    Quote:
    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.

    Quote:
    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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