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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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I really wonder when they will drop the 5980 and or upgraded 5970 with the smaller nm faster DDR5 and faster than stock 5870 dual GPU's as the top of the line. As for right now a crossfire 5850 setup does better performance although small, than a 5970 so you know they have a surprise in there pocket when Nvidia gets there next big gun out. Although from what I heard in the convention tweeting Nvidias next GPU is going to of course outperform anything ATI has out now. From what I was reading that could be anywhere from nominally outperform to substantial. Either way it outperforms the current top of the market GPU.

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On paper, Nvidia's new card appears to have more than twice the power of the current cards. I'm very curious of how it will perform in the real world.

This new ATI card is priced right in line with the 240 and has pretty much the exact same performance. Good job on ATI, but I think Nvidia is a better known name and will probably get more sales simply because of that.

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I think it's supply and demand. The demand for the 5800 cards is high and there's no reason for ATI to drop the prices quite yet, especially with the Nvidia 300 series far off.

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Pretty nifty for the casual user who wants a cheap (yet state-of-the-art) rig! I'm happy with my 5850, but it's nice to see a company publishing a roadmap for releases and sticking to it.

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Had this card been available back in November when I built my last rig I would have jumped all over it. Its isn't much slower than a 5750 [which is what I'm rocking] and has no external power requirements. Plus it should run Witcher EE, Torchlight, NWN2, L4D, TQIT and any other game I would throw at it well enough @ 1440x900 maybe 1680x1050 [hopes].

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Torchlight, NWN2 have pretty low requirements. How do you think it'll fare with Assassin's Creed 2?

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gibbersome:

Torchlight, NWN2 have pretty low requirements. How do you think it'll fare with Assassin's Creed 2?

 

Torchlight where your character is in a small area with many monsters can be quite taxing on a video card. I had it crash with everything turned all the way up on certain dungeons and the only way to get past that part was to lower the detail level until I passed a certain area where it kept crashing on me at very high detail and high detail on shadows.

 

I'm not interested in AC2 to be honest. L4D2 maybe..

 

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I didn't consider hordes of enemies, yeah I can see it taxing your 5750. You'll most likely run into the same issues on L4D2.

Mass Effect 2 is another one that I'd be keeping in the back of my mind when considering a new PC purchase. My laptop is not able to run Dragon Age: Origins smoothly, even on the lowest settings.

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I to use a 5850 Clemsnide and am very happy with it. I have not been gaming much as of late. I am waiting for the Star wars MMO to hit it is definitely what I'm looking forward to. Either way I have been busy and have logged into Vanguard which is a pretty demanding game and can run absolute maximum settings with ease. I will also say one specific thing on the current ATI offerings there energy usage threshold as well as cooling and operating temps are very low.

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Looks like a decent card. Cool that it supports eyefinity, but is it really fast enough to run 3 monitors?

I guess maybe a lot of RTS games would run on three monitors fine with this horsepower.

 

Edit: Also how far off are the Nvidia DX11 cards?

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