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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

Closer Look: Radeon HD5670

The HD5670 breaks with the general design of the previous HD5xxx cards. For one thing, the reference design is a single slot unit, which is a first for the Radeon HD5xxx series, and for DirectX 11. The card is only 170 mm long, which means it will fit into any case without an issue. It's quite small, and a simple, straightforward design, externally. The thing that makes it interesting, and worth testing is that pint-sized 40nm GPU hidden below decks. Keep in mind during this review, that there will be some variation in offerings by ATI's partners. Dual-slot coolers, 1GB v. 512MB, different I/O connections, are all open to interpretation by the supplier.

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The red blower wheel on the reference cooler is quite different on this card, more of an inclined paddle wheel than the squirrel cage blower on the beefier 5xxx cards. It pushes air through a rather small, finned heatsink block that sits on top of the GPU, and out into the case. I don't see any evidence of heatpipe style construction, and it's probably not necessary, given the low power involved. With an idle power consumption of 14W, heat buildup in the case is not likely to be an issue. Those heatsink-style posts over the DRAM modules are there for show, really; as is the "Hot" sticker on the side...

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The connections on the rear of the card are arranged quite differently on this single slot offering, as well. From left to right: one DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI connector - one for everyone.

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There will be some flexibility in the I/O port arrangement for ATI partners, so pay attention to the product specs when you buy, as it can be hard to tell the HDMI and DisplayPort connections apart with a casual glance. Some units will also be shipped with a VGA connector displacing the DisplayPort, like this.

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The back of the Radeon HD5770 is filled with little surface-mount-technology components, which is normal for a card in this market segment. The main feature to be seen here are the metal cross-brace for the GPU heatsink screws, which are spring loaded, and connect to threaded standoffs under the blower assembly on the front side of the card. Also, note the absence of back side DRAM for the 512MB version of the card.

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For most high-end video cards, the cooling system is an integral part of the performance envelope for the card. Make it run cooler, and you can make it run faster was always the byword for achieving gaming-class performance from the latest and greatest GPU. The HD5670 is a mainstream video card with a very small GPU die, so even though it will be pushed to maximum performance levels by most potential customers, there just aren't enough transistors there to produce a lot of heat. To top it off, they're from the same process technology that is used on the larger 5xxx series cards, which have proven to be exceedingly efficient, with very little waste heat generation. What little heat there is will all come out here, at the back end of the cooler housing.

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That's all there really is to see on the outside, so let's peel back the covers and have a good look around on the inside.



 

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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