|VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 15 February 2011|
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Combo Video Card Final Thoughts
The VisionTek Killer HD5770 combo card isn't the most powerful video card the world has seen and maybe VisionTek and Bigfoot Networks could have paired the E2100 NIC with a GPU that has more grunt, but at the end of the day due to size and cost constraints maybe the HD5770 was the right GPU to use. When looking at the price of the card one immediately thinks of something more powerful that they could get for the same price (GTX460 or HD6950) but that is where you would be going wrong. I think this card will only cater for a niche market, those looking in particular for a network upgrade at the same time as a graphics upgrade or those building a mid range PC that doesn't need to have the biggest most powerful video card or run games at the highest resolution.
Significant improvements to our test results (average 34% improvement) were achieved when the screen resolution was lowered from 1680x1050 to 1280x1024 (standard for 17" to 19" monitor), I would also expect to see higher FPS results if the HD5770 was run in CrossfireX mode. So one could buy the Killer HD5770 now and get a graphics and network upgrade and later down the line purchase another HD5770 to boost performance or just buy this and another Radeon HD5770 (without NIC) and roughly get the performance of a HD5870 for around the same price.
VisionTek Killer HD5770 Conclusion
Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the Killer HD5770 is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The graphics performance of the Killer HD5770 is low as expected when running at high resolutions with the visual quality settings set to high, but to be honest anyone that wants to run at those resolutions won't be looking at a single Radeon HD5770 any way. Turning the resolution down had a positive effect on frames per second so a single Radeon HD5770 is aimed at someone who has nothing bigger than a 19" monitor. Theoretically "gaming" network performance is exceptional as our testing shows but in practice results are likely to vary, many factors go into what makes you lag in a game and it has been a while since I have had network lag due to being on a high speed broadband connection. You should always choose a server that is closer to you if you want lower ping, but that is a whole other matter altogether.
The appearance of the Killer HD5770 is very nice indeed, red being my favorite color of course. Everyone's view is different though but thanks to the visual nature of this review you can make up your own mind. The red PCB really stands out and the design of the cooler shroud is rather nice too.
Construction of the Killer HD5770 is very good indeed, the cooler assembly is a perfect fit and was easy to remove and then replace. The Killer NIC adds another 2.5 inches length to the standard VisionTek HD5770 making the Killer HD5770 a 10 inch beast, this is worthy of noting if you are looking at this card as an upgrade as some cases won't allow for a 10 inch long video card.
The Killer Network Manager utility added a great deal of functionality to a very original product. You really have full control over application level access to the internet, if there is a program using too much bandwidth you can block it outright or just lower its bandwidth allowance. You can also monitor other aspects of your PC within the software too. The Killer E2100 NIC got a very high result for UDP transmission protocol during our tests which means game traffic has more bandwidth.
You can pick up the VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card (model 900333) for $199.99 at Newegg. When you compare this price to the individual prices of a Killer 2100 Network Card ($129.99) and a standard VisionTek HD5770 ($149.99) the $199.99 price tag becomes quite appealing. There is no other product like this available so comparison to anything else is rather difficult indeed.
The VisionTek Killer HD5770 combo card is best suited to a lower resolution of 1280x1024 unless you plan on running two in CrossFireX mode. I think this particular video card is designed for MMORPG / RTS players after watching the promo videos for the original Killer Xeno network card. I would like to see the Killer E2100 paired up with a much more powerful GPU before I could make any real recommendation, as the HD5770 is a little underpowered.
+ Network Controller on-board.
- Combination of NIC and GPU makes card very long.
Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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