ATI Radeon HD 5670: DX11 For Under $100 - HotHardware

ATI Radeon HD 5670: DX11 For Under $100

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AMD continues their barrage of DirectX-11 class GPU releases with the affordably priced ATI Radeon HD 5670. If you remember all the way back to September of last year, AMD had committed--or at the very least planned--to release multiple new GPUs, at various price points up and down the spectrum. First came the Radeon HD 5800 series, quickly followed by the 5700 series, and then came the ultra-powerful Radeon HD 5970, all in the span of about two months. Here are we are now, a little less than two months removed from the Radeon HD 5970 launch, and AMD is ready with yet another new card, this time targeted at the sub-$100 price segment.

As its name suggests, the ATI Radeon HD 5670 shares a number of features with its higher-end counterparts in the Radeon HD 5000 series, like Eyefinity and full DX11 support. Come along for the ride as we show you the new Radeon HD 5670, discuss its specifications, and ultimately take it for a spin through a number of benchmarks...


The ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB. 512MB versions will also be available.

ATI Radeon HD 5670
Specifications and Features


 

AMD's "Sweet Spot" GPU Strategy

AMD's release schedule of DirectX 11 capable GPUs is outlined on the slide above--we'll be showing you "Redwood" here today with some quick glimpses of "Cedar" as well. Of course, a lot of groundwork had to be laid over the preceding months and even years before the company could produce this line-up of products. Although the GPU at the heart of the Radeon HD 5670 is based on the same architecture as the other members of the DX-11 class Radeon HD 5000 series, the chip does leverage technologies already implemented in previously released GPU generations, so it's not all new.  As such, we'd recommend perusing some recent HotHardware articles to brush up on a few of the technologies and features employed by the new Radeon HD 5970...

The articles listed above cover many of the features available with the Radeon HD 5670, like CrossFire, the UVD 2 video engine, Catalyst Control Center, PowerPlay, GDDR5 memory, and more. There are, however, a lot of brand new things that were introduced with the Radeon 5800 series that we that we detailed in our Radeon HD 5870 coverage, so that article at the very least is a must-read companion to this piece which covers many of the features inherent to the new 5670.

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These range cards are awesome! With many sub-$100 cards, ATI and Nvidia have to keep them powerful. This card looks like it has plenty to offer for the price. Not a super gaming card but will add great power to the home PC, HTPC, or the work pc that you want to do some secret gaming on HEHEHEHE.

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Yeah, it's no slouch either, it matches or beats the 240M at around the same price point.

Interestingly you have three ATI cards, the 5670, 5750, 5770 that can be squeezed in between the GT 240 and 260. It gives the impression that the ATI line up is very mid-bottom heavy.

Also, by their nomenclature, you'd expect the 5450 to match up with the GT 240, but this is not the case at all.

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