ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Mainstream DX11 GPUs - HotHardware

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Mainstream DX11 GPUs

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 965 quad-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest hotfixes, along with the necessary drivers and applications.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (X58 Express)

Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 5750
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 4890
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Catalyst v9.10b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v191.00

Benchmarks Used:

3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
FarCry 2
Left 4 Dead*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*

* - Custom benchmark

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which y isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The Radeon HD 5700 series cards performed well in the 3DMark Vantage benchmark, especially considering their expected price points. The cards weren't able to catch the more expensive Radeon HD 4890, and the GeForce GTX 260, which can be found for just about the same price as the Radeon HD 5770, had a marked advantage here.

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Beautiful review Marco, the 5770/5750 with its lower power consumption seems to be the card I would want in my laptop, though the 5850 offers the best power-performance ratio in my opinion.

I am confused about one thing. The GTX 260, as you've stated, can be had for the same price (FRYS even has an OC GTX 260 for ~$130 AR). Since it offers better performance for the same price, the 5770 would not be the better option, right?

On a side note, I'm even more impressed with the 5850 after reading this review.

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Good review.

That cooler on the 5750 looks wicked bad - like a muscle-car. I think it looks even better than the batmobillish 5770.

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Disappointing performance.  The 5770 is the same price as the GTX 260 but gets beaten back by it every time.  The lower power consumption makes this a cheaper card in actuality, but it's slower.  So if you demand a certain level of performance this card will simply not do.

I wish the review had more relevant cards.  No one in the market for a $159 or $129 card is looking at the GTX 285, eww god no.  The GTS 250, 4850 1GB, 4870 and even 4770 are all within or very close to this price range and frankly should have been compared rather than the 285 and 5850.  The 4850 goes even with the 5750 most of the time - sometimes better.  Even the 512MB version sometimes.  And considering you can get that for less than $100 it would have been an ample comparison.

My recommendations are to not buy these.  Even if you value low power consumption, they just don't meet their price point.  5750 kinda does, but the 5770 is oddly placed.  ATi needs a 4890 performance level DX11 card.  Maybe a 5830 is in the works?  Right now there's a gigantic gap between the 5770 and 5850 and that's quite disappointing.  Again, if you demand a certain minimum level of performance then lower power consumption is irrelevant.  If you can't afford the $259 5850 you're gonna be attracted to the $189 4890.  But with high power, no DX11, it's hard to go for.  But the 4890 quite clearly is much faster than the 5770... so what the heck are you gonna do if your budget is $180-$210?  I'm very disappointed by ATi right now for not having a 5830 that matches 4890 performance.  And I totally understand someone buying a 4870 over a 5770 because it's up to $30 cheaper after rebate and performs faster.  Bah.

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It's not all bad though. For one thing, the 4870 and the 5770 match up very well, offering similar performance, but the 5770 comes equipped with DirectX 11 as well as EyeFinity.

The performance might be lagging at this price point, but perhaps the premium is worth future proofing against DX11?

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It's worth it to wait and spend a little extra on the 5870 card.

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The only true game that I have enjoy in DirectX 10 was Assasins Creed. I would love to see that game in DirectX 11. Looking forward in DirectX games and obviously the tecnology it brings

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