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

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • alvine
    i wonder how it would run css and older games
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  • Gulli
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    GulliYou do know Crysis was released in 2007, don't you?ever tried turning on 16x AA?
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  • Socnom
    Just go with the bigger silicon, improved performance and more fun to play with.
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  • fulle
    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
    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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