ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series GDDR5 Review

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ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series GDDR5 ReviewA few weeks back, AMD quietly released a couple of new graphics cards in the Radeon HD 5500 series. For a while there, starting with the Radeon HD 5870 in late September of last year, it seemed like AMD was releasing a new series of graphics cards aimed at different price points, practically every few weeks. Things slowed down a bit once the company had a complete top-to-bottom line-up of DX11 and Eyefinity capable cards from prices ranging from about $49 to $600, but obviously AMD wasn’t quite done beefing up the Radeon HD 5000 series.

The recently released Radeon HD 5500 series cards differed from their predecessors in only one meaningful way—they were equipped with GDDR5 memory. The original 5500 series cards sported GDDR3 or GDDR2 memory. The move to GDDR5 allowed AMD to crank the memory clock speed up a bit, which would have a positive impact on overall performance...

ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series GDDR5 Review

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realneil replied on Tue, Aug 31 2010 8:24 PM

While these are OK for some uses, their introduction pales along side the new GTX460 class of cards from NVIDIA.

Yeah, apples and oranges, but 'cmon ATI, how about a real splash in the marketplace? What'cha got up your sleeves?

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lonewolf replied on Tue, Aug 31 2010 8:33 PM

Both cards should be nice for a HTPC or something basic. Me personally I would have to pony up a few more bucks and step up to the 5700 series at the very least.

I cannot wait for AMD to release their fall 6 series cards.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Sep 1 2010 12:30 AM

Don't blame ATI... they don't exist anymore... it's all AMD's fault :-)

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acarzt:
ATI... they don't exist anymore

I'm pretending that they're still there since they're still using the name,.........like AMD is,...........

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Blazer replied on Thu, Sep 2 2010 8:44 AM

I can't wait either, but I guess we have to.

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great card for gaming, but useless for movies. I'm totally baffled as to why they call it Radeon HD when it doesn't work with HD DVD's or Blu-Ray movies.

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