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Sapphire Radeon HD5570 1GB DDR3 Single & Crossfire Review

by Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig     |     February 8, 2010

HD 5570 1GB DDR3 Specifications



The HD 5570 is without a doubt an interesting looking card when looking at its specifications and upon first glance, it looks to fit somewhere between the older HD 4650 and HD 4670. When compared to the HD 4670, it has more SPs but gets beat clean in terms of texture horsepower and straight out core speed which could lead to a very close battle between these two lower-end cards. Several publications have also hinted at the possibility that the HD 5000 seriesí shaders donít perform quite as well as those on the HD 4000-series and from experience, we tend to agree. This combined with the lower texture unit count means the HD 4670 will pull ahead of the new HD 5570 in several key situations.


One of the main points that will attract many people to the HD 5570 is the fact that it is one of the most powerful single slot, low profile cards currently on the market. This will allow it to fit into some of the slimmest cases around and could prove to be just what the doctor ordered for people with small form factor HTPC cases.

Price-wise, the HD 5570 is a bit of a mixed bag when compared to both this generationís cards and the HD 4000 series but there should be enough of a separation to eliminate overlap. Unfortunately, with the HD 4670 hanging around on several retailerís shelves at under $90 things should be looking pretty good for this new card as long as it can perform up to expectations.
 
 
 

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