ATI Radeon HD 5570: Affordable DX11 GPU

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"This is like déjà vu all over again." That quote from the ever-so-quotable former New York Yankee Yogi Berra is particularly suitable for today's launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5570. Just last week, we brought you our coverage of the Radeon HD 5450 launch and wrote a bit about AMD's aggressive release schedule with regard to their DirectX 11-class GPUs. In this article, we will present to you yet another new DX11-class card from AMD, the ATI Radeon HD 5570.

A quick look at its model number, along with a bit of deductive reasoning, will reveal that the Radeon HD 5570 falls somewhere in between the Radeon HD 5450 and 5670 in AMD's current line-up. And in fact, the card shares some attributes of both cards. We'll get to the finer details in a just a bit; for now, check out the specifications and related information below and hunker down for a look at what could be one of the hottest graphics cards for HTPC users in quite a while.


The Half-Height ATI Radeon HD 5570

ATI Radeon HD 5570
Specifications and Features


A lot of groundwork had to be laid over the preceding months and even years before AMD could produce the entire Radeon HD 5000 series of products. Although the GPU at the heart of the Radeon HD 5570 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 5450...

The articles listed above cover many of the features available with the Radeon HD 5570, like the UVD 2 video engine, Catalyst Control Center, PowerPlay, Eyefinity, GDDR5 memory, and more. There are also, however, many brand new features that were introduced with the Radeon HD 5800 series that we detailed in our Radeon HD 5870 coverage which are also pertinent, so that article at the very least is a must-read companion to this one--well, if you're up for some extra reading anyway.

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Ok I am starting to wonder just how many different model numbers not to mention differing levels af capabilities and prices ATI can get from one series! WOW

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ATI Radeon is hands down the best graphics card out there,.

 

Jess

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it seems like they're just trying to stuff the market full of cards to try and hit every price range possible.... I don't think this is a very good tactic tho....

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^QFT

Agreed.

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Hmm 43 watts load power.  no external power connector? half height card? Definitely seems destined for HTPC use. Would like to see on-board video start to hit this performance level though. That would be cool.

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Indeed, I would imagine that this is designed not for gaming but for home theaters. Y'know, it makes me want to design a cheap μATX system just for replacing my (now defunct) 1st generation TiVo.

Couldn't find any note about the fan noise (apart from "It features a slim, single-slot active cooler, that chills the front half of the card and does so with very little noise"); but since fan and HD noise is of paramount concern, I wonder if this card could be passively cooled? It's such a low-power device that it may be possible.

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Yeah Money can be a big issue on these things.

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