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ATI Radeon HD 5670 Review

Date: 2010-1-16

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The Affordable Evergreen

Casual and mainstream users and gamers who have been holding back on upgrading their graphics cards can rejoice, for the new Radeon HD 5670 is a solid mainstream gaming solution.

Seeing that the Radeon HD 5670 was remarkably faster than its predecessor - the Radeon HD 4670 - and that it also comprehensively beat NVIDIA's competing GeForce GT 240, we think it's fair to say that the new Radeon HD 5670 performs very well and up to our expectations. More impressive was the fact that it could (at times) match up to the GeForce 9800 GT, a very popular choice amongst mainstream users. The only downside to the new Redwood XT chip is that it seemed to exhibit some difficulty tackling anti-aliasing on very high resolutions, but that's not much of a problem considering that this series of cards weren't meant for such high resolution gaming.

Performance aside, we were also glad that despite its mainstream and budget billing, the Radeon HD 5670 gets useful features such as Eyefinity and support for multi-GPU via CrossFireX, making it possible to tack on additional Radeon HD 5670s as a means of upgrade. However, do take note that while the Radeon HD 5670 is technically capable of CrossFireX support, vendors might choose to omit that option on their cards to keep costs down.

With so much going for it, and with a launch price of under US$100 (S$138), the Radeon HD 5670 is a solid, bang-for-buck graphics card.

ATI Radeon HD 5670 Review
Overall, the Radeon HD 5670 is a decent and solid offering from ATI. It offers better performance and efficiency than NVIDIA's competing GeForce GT 240, and the ability to upgrade via CrossFireX (depending on vendor) is an added advantage over the GeForce GT 240.

Looking forward, there's more to come from ATI as there are plans to unroll more mainstream and budget variants of the Evergreen in form of the Radeon HD 5500 and 5400 series.

From the green camp, rumors are that Fermi cards will go into production in the third week of February and consumers can expect to find them for retail as soon as mid-March. However, it is said that the cards will be extremely limited as yields will be on the low side. Nevertheless, the arrival of Fermi can only be a good thing, seeing that developments in the graphics card scene have been increasingly one-sided in the past few months.

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