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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

ATI Eyefinity Multi-Monitors

Even at this low price point, ATI felt that people might want to take advantage of the new Eyefinity technology. Especially if you look at this product as an upgrade part for someone with OEM or IGP video, they can add a second monitor at the same time and really improve their gaming and HD video experience.

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ATI Eyefinity advanced multiple-display technology launches a new era of panoramic computing, helping to boost productivity and multitasking with innovative graphics display capabilities supporting massive desktop workspaces, creating ultra-immersive computing environments with superhigh resolution gaming and entertainment, and enabling easy configuration. High end editions will support up to six independent display outputs simultaneously.

In the past, multi-display systems catered to professionals in specific industries. Financial, energy, and medical are just some industries where multi-display systems are a necessity. Today, more and more graphic designers, CAD engineers and programmers are attaching more than one display to their workstation. A major benefit of a multi-display system is simple and universal - it enables increased productivity. This has been confirmed in industry studies which show that attaching more than one display device to a PC can significantly increase user productivity.

Early multi-display solutions were non-ideal. Bulky CRT monitors claimed too much desk space; thinner LCD monitors were very expensive; and external multidisplay hardware were inconvenient and also very expensive. These issues are much less of a concern today. LCD monitors are very affordable and current generation GPUs can drive multiple display devices independently and simultaneously, without the need for external hardware. Despite the advancements in multi-display technology, AMD engineers still felt there was room for improvement, especially regarding the display interfaces. VGA carries analog signals and needs a dedicated DAC per display output, which consumes power and ASIC space. Dual-Link DVI is digital, but requires a dedicated clock source per display output and uses too many I/O pins from the GPU. It was clear that a superior display interface was needed.

In 2004, a group of PC companies collaborated to define and develop DisplayPort, a powerful and robust digital display interface. At that time, engineers working for the former ATI Technologies Inc. were already thinking about a more elegant solution to drive more than two display devices per GPU, and it was clear that DisplayPort was the interface of choice for this task. In contrast to other digital display interfaces, DisplayPort does not require a dedicated clock signal for each display output. In fact, the data link is fixed at 1.62Gbps or 2.7Gbps per lane, irrespective of the timing of the attached display device. The benefit of this design is that one reference clock source provides the clock signal needed to drive as many DisplayPort display devices as there are display pipelines in the GPU. In addition, with the same number of I/O pins used for Single-Link DVI, a full speed DisplayPort link can be driven which provides more bandwidth and translates to higher resolutions, refresh rates and color depths. All these benefits perfectly complement ATI Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology.

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ATI Eyefinity Technology from AMD provides advanced multiple monitor technology delivering an immersive graphics and computing experience, supporting massive virtual workspaces and super-high resolution gaming environments. Legacy GPUs have supported up to two display outputs simultaneously and independently for more than a decade. Until now graphics solutions have supported more than two monitors by combining multiple GPUs on a single graphics card. With the introduction of AMD's next-generation graphics product series supporting DirectX 11, a single GPU now has the advanced capability of simultaneously supporting up to six independent display outputs.

ATI Eyefinity Technology is closely aligned with AMD's DisplayPort implementation providing the flexibility and upgradability modern user's demand. Up to two DVI, HDMI, or VGA display outputs can be combined with DisplayPort outputs for a total of up to six monitors, depending on the graphics card configuration. The initial AMD graphics products with ATI Eyefinity technology will support a maximum of three independent display outputs via a combination of two DVI, HDMI or VGA with one DisplayPort monitor. AMD has a future product planned to support up to six DisplayPort outputs. Wider display connectivity is possible by using display output adapters that support active translation from DisplayPort to DVI or VGA.

The DisplayPort 1.2 specification is currently being developed by the same group of companies who designed the original DisplayPort specification. Its feature set includes higher bandwidth, enhanced audio and multi-stream support. Multi-stream, commonly referred to as daisy-chaining, is the ability to address and drive multiple display devices through one connector. This technology, coupled with ATI Eyefinity Technology, will be a key enabler for multi-display technology, and AMD will be at the forefront of this transition.



 

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# 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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