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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ATI Radeon HD5670 HDMI Video Card
Radeon HD5670 Features
Radeon HD5670 Specifications
Closer Look: Radeon HD 5670
Radeon HD5670 Detailed Features
ATI Eyefinity Multi-Monitors
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmarks
Resident Evil 5 Benchmarks
ATI Radeon HD5670 Temperature
VGA Power Consumption
Radeon HD5670 Final Thoughts
ATI Radeon HD5670 Conclusion

Radeon HD5670 Final Thoughts

The alternative title for this review could have been: "Honey, I shrunk the Kids". I wonder how many more times ATI can slice the pie and still come up with a fully functional video card. There may be one more cut, for an ultra-low power solution, and God knows what kind of mischief the engineers play with the mobile solutions, but I think this is probably it, for a card that can honestly support gaming applications as well as general usage and HD video. I almost wonder if ATI didn't work backwards; take the marketing spec for the HD5670 and multiply it times 4 for the HD5870. However they did it, and trust me, someone ran the numbers; you can be sure of that, the fact remains that the Radeon HD5670 is perfectly suited for the target market.

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I used to laugh at the concept of marrying the GPU with a CPU. I mean, every new CPU seemed to be bigger and burn hotter than the previous iteration. The problem was, I kept looking at the top of the pile, where 140 watts power dissipation from the CPU was not a bad dream, but a reality to be dealt with. One look at an NVIDIA GT200 chip and it was all I could do to stop from laughing out loud when thinking about CPU-GPU integration. Well, with just one generation of progress in IC lithography, from 55nm down to 40nm, suddenly, all things seem possible. Once everyone gets their feet wet at 32nm, I think there will be some products on the table that do exactly what I thought impossible last year or so. Clearly, the first chips to market won't support realistic gaming scenarios, but in one or two more generations, it could happen.



 

Comments 

 
# awesome card!Awesome man 2010-03-04 11:25
Best card i have ever used!
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# which company's 5670 did you buy?Don 2010-03-24 07:00
Which company's 5670 did you buy Aus or XFX?
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# HIS 5670Bill 2010-04-05 11:32
I bought a HIS 5670 early march. It gave me horrifying crashes during playing games. I played BF2:BC2 and Dirt 2, both at 1680x1050 with high settings.

Although the games played well, the crashes couldn't be tolerated and so I returned the card. I am thinking of buying it again as the new drivers seem to fix the problem as I read on many forums.

If the new 10.3 drivers did in fact fix the problems, please confirm someone with this experience.

Bill
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# HD5670Ian Ray Betron 2010-05-01 03:40
Yep, ATI Catalyst 10.4 stabilized everything (on my XFX 5670). Very nice card for its class.
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# Price/=/performanceBanzai 2010-05-19 07:07
Overall it's a great card for people on a tight budget, smaller cases such as prebuilts and slim builds, and those who have a psu under 300-400w or can't connect via pci-e. This card is a great substitution for those who originally wanted a 4650/70, or even a 9800/4850 as it competes with them. Price wise, you get the performance of a 4850 card without the need for a 6-pin, a med size case, or an extremely powerful cpu (anything less than a dual core at 2.4GHz will bottleneck it). The main gains over a 4850, is that you get a dx11 card for nearly 20$ less, supports eyefinity(although it costs to make this card use three screens) and has DDR5. So if you wanted a 4850/lesser or a 9800gt/lesser than this card is the better option.
Sadly Radeon has been upping their prices, although their still lower than Nvidia cards. Although you get a 10fps performance over a 4670, the near 20-30$ increase on a card that costs lesser to manufacture and produce isn't worth it.
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# My HD 5760 is too hotLittleBear 2010-06-22 20:06
The idle temp. is at 59oC. Do you think something is wrong with the card?
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# I.T pro.Joe 2010-07-13 00:38
update the software of the 5760...
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# Which SW?BruceBruce 2010-07-13 05:03
Do you mean the BIOS on the card or the Driver SW?
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# hit tab to see score then crashes to desktopPall 2010-07-17 22:14
238fb22844c3fe1cfcrashea.dice.RomePC.Cl2010-07-16 07:16:08553292 0x61D866 0x61D866 0xCD3A6B 0xCDA77D 0xCEDE9E 0xCEE518 0xCD43D0 0xD8C0EF 0xCD8EC0 0x13F3758 0x9089AE 0x62B8E2 0x7635166B 0x800000 0x6B3B2A49 0x6B3B90E8 0x6B3D8C16 0x6B3C0ED5 0x6D0B26FB 0x6CBE62C1 0x6CBE87E0 0xD908C1 0x508FA7 0xA6D50C 0x7635166B 0x7635166B 0x62BEB9 0x595F3B 0x76351126 0x596149 0x75980849 0x591B4E 0x591B4E 0x153BD80 0x5992A6 0x153BDA4 0xAAF058 0x14B6808 0x71F929BB 0x153BD80 0x71F98CED 0x71F92A47 0x76353677 0x76EC9D42 0x76379775 0x76379775 0x76F003DD 0x72A84B 0x76EC9D15 0x71F929E1 0x71F929E1registers: Edi 52057c10, Esi 00000000, Ebx 191019f0, Edx 00000000, Ecx 0d30b700, Eax 20f604d3 Ebp 0e92fa50, Eip 0061d866, Esp 0e92fa40
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# RE: hit tab to see score then crashes to desktopOlin Coles 2010-07-17 22:16
Is that supposed to be a crash report? Not very helpful information, and probably a game/driver bug.
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# same as abovePall 2010-07-17 22:15
I have updated my driver to 10.6 and have not found a solution
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# RE: same as aboveOlin Coles 2010-07-17 22:19
Did this start before or after the driver update? I've had many problems with 10.6, and a few issues with 10.5. I'm actually still using 10.4 for gaming.
What game is this? Is it via Steam?
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