AMD/ATI Radeon 5770 Graphics Card
AMD have just released another new graphics card into the
budget conscientious market with the ATI Radeon HD 5770. Unlike the Radeon HD 5870 which was released by AMD a month ago, this
card targeted the high-end video card market and was generally out of
the price range of the majority of consumers.
Speeds & Feeds
- Engine clock speed: 850 MHz
- Processing power (single
precision): 1.36 TeraFLOPS
- Polygon throughput: 850M
- Data fetch rate (32-bit): 136
- Texel fill rate (bilinear
filtered): 34 Gigatexels/sec
- Pixel fill rate: 13.6 Gigapixels/sec
- Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 54.4
- Memory clock speed: 1.2 GHz
- Memory data rate: 4.8 Gbps
- Memory bandwidth: 76.8 GB/sec
- Maximum board power: 108 Watts
- Idle board power: 18 Watts
Thankfully, continuing from their momentum of their 5800 series of
graphic cards, the ATI Radeon HD 5770 is the latest contender on the
streets that is priced at an affordable $250AUD and should definitely be
investigated for those conscientious shoppers.
The card also supports up to
three monitors (you heard right) thanks to AMD's EyeFinity technology
and the like its more powerful sibling, this card supports the latest
DirectX and a plethora of new technological features that AMD have
developed to impact how gamers play games. Just check out the techno
ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 GPU Feature
Some of the highlights of this card for us include an 850Mhz GPU, GDDR5 memory (1200Mhz), 1GB RAM and a very eco-friendly
card that runs at just 18watts while idle, however when the card is
pushed, it will go up to around 108watts.
Unlike the HD 5870, the card
is a little lighter and shorter but installing this into your system,
you'll still need to proceed with some caution in order to prevent any
damage to your motherboard. As the card uses less power than the HD
5870, it only requires one 6-pin PCI-Express power connection.
Once the card was installed, Windows 7 automatically detected the card,
however we downloaded the latest drivers available from AMD to ensure
that our testing was complete. The card even supports a resolution of
2560x1600 on not just one but three monitors, making this an extremely
powerful card of interconnectivity.
As a guide, we tested the HD 5870 on an AMD Phenom X4 9850, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB Seagate Hard Drive.
The software was Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) with the latest drivers and
updates plus the new DirectX.
Once the card was installed in Windows 7, we did test the card with
standard office products such as Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer,
Windows Media Player and Cyberlink's blu-ray software.
Needless to say, the
card produced crisp and smooth animation that made office use a breeze.
Of course, where the card does shine is through its gaming capabilities
and from that said, it was time to test the card with a plethora of
games but first, Futuremark's 3Dmark Vantage was
the first contender on the block, one of the world's best known
graphical benchmarking programs.
(Radeon HD 5870) 10512
(Radeon HD 4870) 9801
(Radeon HD 5770) 6899
1920 x 1200
(Radeon HD 5870) 8612
(Radeon HD 4870) 5412
(Radeon HD 5770) 5401
As you can see from the results, this budget priced card performs almost
as good as AMD's last King of the Hell, the Radeon HD 4870 and is around
40% slower than AMD's powerful single CPU card, the HD 5870. For the
price and capabilities of the card, it's definitely great value for
For gaming, we tested the card with Call of Duty World at War, Crysis
Warhead, Left 4 Dead and World in Conflict, some of the world's latest
and some most powerful video games.
Call of Duty World at War
1920 x 1200
(Radeon HD 5870) 92
(Radeon HD 4870) 89
(Radeon HD 5770) 66
1920 x 1200
(Radeon HD 5870) 49
(Radeon HD 4870) 41
(Radeon HD 5770) 33
Left 4 Dead
1920 x 1200
(Radeon HD 5870) 119
(Radeon HD 4870) 95
(Radeon HD 5770) 82
World in Conflict
1920 x 1200
(Radeon HD 5870) 55
(Radeon HD 4870) 35
(Radeon HD 5770) 28
Given that benchmarking is quite
subjective, all our testing was done at a rather high resolution with
full detail turned on, as gaming should be and from the results, the
card performed admirably and once again at a very affordable level.
Unlike the HD 5870, the card did not get as hot, however at high-end
gaming, the card does become warm.
However with that said, the power consumption of the card is rather
decent, considering that
graphical capabilities of the card and our biggest surprise is how
relatively quiet the card is, especially under pressure through gaming.
In relation to overclocking, the card can be overclocked with the
Catalyst drivers and we found that once overclocked, we could achieve an
additional 10% which would make this card faster than the Radeon HD
At the end of the day, the ATI Radeon HD 5770 is a rather affordable and
powerful graphics card that features a considerable amount of the latest
technological achievements by AMD such as DirectX and EyeFinity. Best of
all, the card can be purchased for around $250, cheaper online and if
you shop around. Even though the HD 4870 beat the card on the tests,
this card is old technology and once again when developers support the
features of the card, you'll see some more improvements. And
unfortunately graphic cards don't last too long in the world of PC
gaming, so until the next big thing comes along, why now check out the
ATI Radeon HD 5770.