ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

Summary: The idea that you needed to spend big bucks on a graphics card if you wanted to use it for gaming was shattered when AMD/ATI earlier this year released the Radeon HD 5570 - a card that packed a punch well above its $79 price range weight. Sure, you had to make compromises and pull down the resolution and detail sliders a bit, but for the price it was an excellent card.

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The idea that you needed to spend big bucks on a graphics card if you wanted to use it for gaming was shattered when AMD/ATI earlier this year released the Radeon HD 5570 - a card that packed a punch well above its $79 price range weight. Sure, you had to make compromises and pull down the resolution and detail sliders a bit, but for the price it was an excellent card.

Now the Radeon HD 5570 just got better.

Basically, AMD has taken the same HD 5570 card and given it 1GB of GDDR5 RAM as opposed to the slower DDR3 on the older model. Extra charge to the consumer - $0.

The Radeon HD 5570 basically wipes the floor with NVIDIA at that price range. The HD 5570 offers support for DirectX 11 and Eyefinity triple-monitor support. If you want the lowest-priced latest generation card from NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 465, then that'll set you back $280.

With the HD 5570 GDDR5 model what you get is a HD 5570 with GDDR5, so you can't expect miracles when it comes to a performance boost. However, benchmarks to suggest that this upgrade puts the HD 5570 GDDR5 between the HD 5570 DDR3 and the HD 5670, a card which retails for around $89.

So, should you buy the HD 5570 GDDR5 or the HD 5670? Depends on what you want. If you're looking for the cheapest GPU possible to allow you to fire up the odd game, then the HD 5570 GDDR5 represents a excellent deal. If you're likely to want to do more gaming, and you've got $10 to spare, I'd go for the HD 5670.

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  • RE: ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

    "The HD 5570 offers support for DirectX 11 and Eyefinity triple-monitor support."

    DirectX 11 is good - but triple monitor use is rare, even among gamers. Not many games support it.

    And in the $79 price range - that's not exactly a triple monitor price range. If somebody can afford that many monitors, it's likely they can afford a higher end card anyways.

    I'm pretty sure nVidia will be coming out with lower end DirectX 11 cards soon. The high end cards generally get pushed out first because of the higher profit margins.
    CobraA1
    • RE: ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

      @CobraA1

      You are forgetting the business user. Several people in my company want three screens: 1 for email, 1 for the ERP system, and one for whatever else, so a low priced triple monitor card is great for us.
      Shmythey
      • RE: ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

        @Shmythey Exactly. I use three monitors at work, 21 inch std, 22" 16X9 (Main) and my 16X9 15" laptop. It's great. I have two 22" 16X9 Samsungs at home , and I'm running nVidia SLI, However, they are buggy and I have the oddest driver issues. Thinking about moving to ATI, and for this price - I can even add a 3rd monitor!
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • RE: ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

        @CobraA1
        The solution to that is simple. Tell your user they are being divas. Really, 1 whole monitor for email. come on now. How likely will management spend the extra $$$ so that every employee can have an email monitor.

        @Shmythey
        are you using your laptop as a third monitor to the same computer or are you saying you just put your laptop on top of your desk and that is your 3rd monitor. If the latter is the case, thats not really what they are talking about with a 3 monitor set up.
        rengek
  • triple monitor price reange?

    If you're willing to use CRTs, your monitors are free.
    erikswanson
  • You should always add obvious caveats

    [i]Now the Radeon HD 5570 just got better. Basically, AMD has taken the same HD 5570 card and given it 1GB of GDDR5 RAM as opposed to the slower DDR3 on the older model. Extra charge to the consumer - $0. [/i]

    Like when products (or component/spec upgrades) are being planned or introduced, but are not currently available. Otherwise such "bang for the buck" bargains remain little more than projected but non-guaranteed teasers at best. For example, can you point to where a Radeon 5570 exists with DDR5 in the suggested $79 range?

    Thought so.
    klumper
  • RE: ATI Radeon HD 5570 gets a GDDR5 makeover

    How about adding USB3 support to a [laptop] graphics card?
    You could then add an external graphics processor, to take the load off the internal one.

    Just a thought...
    alan_r_cam