ATI Radeon 5770 Review

By on October 13, 2009, 11:05 AM
Last month AMD unleashed what went on to become the world’s fastest single-GPU graphics card by a convincing margin, the Radeon HD 5870. This was followed shortly by a slightly watered-down version known as the Radeon HD 5850. The latter has proved to be very competitive, playing second only to its bigger brother and at just $260, it stands without a doubt as the best value high performance offering available at the moment. Continuing with the successful rollout of its Radeon HD 5000 series, AMD is now moving to attack the sub-$200 market, and hopes to keep the momentum going with the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750. Codenamed Juniper XT and Juniper LE, respectively, the first is said to cost just $160, while the lower-end 5750 will cost between $110 and $130 depending on memory configuration.
We've been particularly interested in the ATI Radeon HD 5770, as last generation's Radeon HD 4770 was one of our all time favorite budget graphics cards. Although it came late in the game, its excellent performance and operating efficiency earned it an “Outstanding” mark, making it the top choice in the $100 range. We certainly expect to see these new series live up to those standards. Read the full review.




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Guest said:

AMD really pushing their products into the market, nice move!

nVidia need to work hard on their Fermi...

Guest said:

It would be nice if Nvidia would even make a refresh for DX11, so we would see more games in development using it.

They seem to be hooked on just making new Ion stuff and targeting low-profile systems.

I'd assume there also still making pretty good money from PS3 GTX Card sells to sony as well.

Ritwik7 Ritwik7, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

It's a decent card, but even at its price point nowhere near as attractive as the HD 5850.

In your opinion which card would be a better pick now, the HD 4870 or the HD 5770?

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I think the conclusion says it all, only the prospective buyer can decide between those two depending on what has more weight to him.

5770 = Newer feature set, lower power consumption, cooler running.

4870 = A bit more horsepower, older card that can be bought at a discount, probably until inventory runs out.

Bruun said:

7.1 through HDMI ought to save me a lot of money, but perhaps the HD 5750 is all I need for a HTPC.

Orionlocke said:

It's nice to see the Radeon cards competing with the top Nvidia cards again. I thought about picking up the new 5870 or 5970 but unfortunately they are out of stock everywhere!

My friend just got a new PC with this Radeon 5770 card and it has been performing very well so far in all the games he's played.

Guest said:

what are those switches on the back side of the circuit board for? they look like dip switches...

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

looks like i will stick with the 4870 in the case of the 5770...

Guest said:

What would be the reccomended power supply for the 5770? Thx.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Check out our PC buying guide...

http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/

Ritwik7 Ritwik7, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

What would be the recommended power supply for the 5770?

A good 550W PSU like the Corsair 550VX should do fine.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

i was wondering whether a 500W PSU is ok as well?

Ritwik7 Ritwik7, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

i was wondering whether a 500W PSU is ok as well?

Yeah. It should be fine as long as it is of a reliable brand.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Fair enough, I am tilting towards making a decision on replacing my aging EVGA 9600GT (512mb) with Radeon 5770 (1GB).

gauravbaadshah said:

PSU

Hi

I have a 400W PSu which peaks upto 450W.

And that is the primary reason I'm settling for the 5750 instead of 4870 or 260.

Do I still need to upgrade my PSU?

Thanks in advance.

Guest said:

I have a 450w Corsair PSU and a 5770 and I've had no problems with it.

Guest said:

Is the 5770 a good choice for the Dell XPS 9000? I could not find out the power supply capacity of the 9000. Hoping you know it.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Is the 5770 a good choice for the Dell XPS 9000? I could not find out the power supply capacity of the 9000. Hoping you know it.

Please start your own thread, that way you will have better chance of getting appropriate advice along with complete system specs/service tag etc.

Guest said:

As an FYI regarding the XPS 9000, it uses a 475W power supply sustained. I own the system and am looking to upgrade the meager 4350 Radeon they put in it. There is also a 6 pin and a 6+2 pin already connected from the power supply so you can go average or high end if necessary.

Guest said:

Has anyone else had a problem with the antec true power 550w psu and the ati 5770 running with an i7 930 and win7 64? This is my second psu from newegg I had to rma the first one thinking it was doa. My computer would post with no video to the card...is it a compatibility issue? when I installed a much cheaper psu it works fine however I would really like a better quality instead of the cheap $25.00 one.

Any help or suggestions on a PSU?

Thank you in advance,

Mike

Guest said:

I have a Radeon HD 5770 video card on a Dell XPS 9000 running Windows 7 64 bit. Had the PC since march. It's been nothing short of a disaster. I'm now on to my 4th HD 5770. Each one fails in various ways, all of which cause the screen to show a jumbled mess for a few seconds followed by a complete PC freeze or an automatic re-boot.

Keep right away fjrom the HD 5770 -- I found it runs OK for a week or up to a month, then fails. I'm not the only one with these problems either. Do a search -- the card is a complete disgrace.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Which brand you are using? I guess perhaps its more of an issue with a bad batch from an manufacturer.

@guest 1

You should get your antec PSU get checked that whether there is an issue with it.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Having had a few problematic HD 5770's I'd probably contact the vendor for a BIOS update as a matter of course if the card is of reference design...being Dell I'd assume the original card and it's replacements are all reference design made my PC Partner - who make all AMD's reference cards and are Sapphire's parent company.

The original BIOS on some of these early cards requires voltage modification for stability (hence the BIOS flash). The second revision of these cards- the individual card makers designs-(much like the HD 5970/5870/5850/5830) do not seem to suffer greatly from the same faults. I would still view the card as an excellent lower (priced) mainstream graphics solution that has an excellent price/performance ratio- especially if used in a Crossfire setup.

Guest said:

could this card be used for 3d programs (Maya, Motionbuilder, Mudbox, Cinema 4d, etc.) and video editing? (doubt the card actually affects the video editing part.

I have a AMD x6 1090T

and 8gb of DDR3 1333 ram

if that matters.

THANK YOU :)

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Surely you can use 5770 with that machine and for that purpose, but generally drivers for mainstream graphic cards are not optimized for 3d applications like Maya etc.

Also, graphic solutions targeted at 3d applications segment are tweaked (at hardware level) to deliver better performance for such specific needs. Keeping in mind this, you are better off with an FireGL (or competing nVidia alternatives) line of products IMHO. Regards

grvalderrama said:

I just bought Sapphire Vapor-X version, that comes little overclocked from stock! It was a good deal for the price.

grvalderrama said:

I've bought this card recently and I disagree with the temperatures. I have a Sapphire Vapor-X that comes a little overclocked (860/1200). And now, at idle, it's 37 ºC. Fully loaded, temperature goes no further than 67 ºC... and I have a piece of crap case! Anyway, I'm loving my 5770!

Guest said:

Hi, I'm planning to buy the 'ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5' graphics card with the Dell XPS 9100 and all that other stuff,

I was just wondering if i need an HD capable monitor, or is my 'HP w2207' going to work with it as well???

Thanks,

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think generally each 5770 is sold with at least one DVI connector; hence, you should be alright.

Guest said:

Nice review, but for those of us who don't waste their lives gaming how about putting it to real world tests that graphic designers and motion graphics artists can use. Like testing it with graphically demanding software (after effects, photoshop, 3d packages and editing software) to see what really shines about cards. There's more to life than WoW.

-K

Guest said:

I have this card and it runs much hotter than the test that you did. I've had it for about a year, so I'm guessing after about a year the card starts wearing out or something. Just while writing this post the fan is running at 49% and the GPU is at 64 degrees Celsius. Close to the stress test temperature you recorded. Under stress, it can reach over 100 degrees Celsius.

Guest said:

I have a new ASUS M4N785M motherboard, When I run my ATI radeon HD5770 it pops the the surg supressor built into the motherboard. has anyone had this problem and is there a fix?

I am planing on upgrading my old compaq system, I got a great deal on a new asus m2n68-am plus motherboard, will this board support a xfx radeon hd5770?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I have a new ASUS M4N785M motherboard, When I run my ATI radeon HD5770 it pops the the surg supressor built into the motherboard. has anyone had this problem and is there a fix?

I am planing on upgrading my old compaq system, I got a great deal on a new asus m2n68-am plus motherboard, will this board support a xfx radeon hd5770?

It will.

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

To the most recent guest: you should create an account and start a new thread.

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