Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The Radeon HD 5570 performed relatively well in our testing. In light of its $79 - $85 projected price point, the Radeon HD 5570 produced respectable frame-rates. Generally speaking, performance was significantly higher than the Radeon HD 5450 we showed you last week, but lower than the Radeon HD 5670 and GeForce GT 240, sometimes much lower. Power consumption for the Radeon HD 5570 was very low, however, and its performance during our multimedia tests was excellent.
Running a low-priced graphics card, always requires some sort of compromise. It all really depends on your usage model. In the Radeon HD 5570's case, consumers will have to decide if the card's half-height form factor, low power attributes, and DirectX 11 support are enough to warrant going with a card like this, when much higher performing cards can be had for only a few dollars more. We suppose decisions like these have to be made when purchasing a graphics card at virtually any price point, but in the 5570's case an additional $15 to $30 investment could yield much higher in-game performance.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5570
Ultimately though, the Radeon HD 5570 is quite appealing. We know not everyone with an HTPC will use it to play games, but it would be nice to know the possibilty exists. And with the Radeon HD 5570, gaming at 720P or even 1080P resolutions is absolutely possible. The card is ideal for low-power and HTPC applications and quiet computing or ultra-small form-factor requirements.
Expect the Radeon HD 5570 to appear at popular on-line e-tailers immediately, for about $79 to $85 depending on the configuration alongside the rest of the Radeon HD 5000 series line-up. Speaking of Radeon HD 5000 series cards, we're hearing rumblings of even more new releases, that don't appear on the roadmap we've shown you a few times before. It seems AMD's relentless release schedule of DX11-class cards may not yet have come to end. Stay tuned to HH for the full scoop--we'll fill you in on the details as soon as we can.