Upcoming ATI Radeon HD 5670 pictured and tested

By on December 2, 2009, 1:29 PM
AMD's Radeon HD 5900, 5800 and 5700 series are currently unrivaled in terms of performance in their respective high-end and mainstream graphics markets, and now it seems the company is ready to secure the low end as well. A community member at HardForum has posted pictures of what appears to be the upcoming Radeon HD 5670, a sub-$100 card with DirectX 11 support that's slated for a Q1 2010 launch.

The pictures shown on the forum represent an alleged engineering sample of the card, which had DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub connectors, as well as dual slot active cooling in the form of a heatsink with radially-projecting metal fins and a fan nested inside. The card also appears to draw all its power from the PCI-Express slot.


Based on a 40nm GPU codenamed "Redwood," the Radeon HD 5670's leaked specifications include a graphics core clocked at 775MHz and 1GB of GDDR5 memory operating at 1,000MHz on a 128-bit bus. Furthermore a GPU-Z screenshot shows it has 400 stream processors, 16 ROPs and 64GB/s of memory bandwidth.

According to the poster, AMD's Radeon HD 5670 scores 859 on the Unigine benchmark, a 23 percent increase when compared to the previous-generation Radeon HD 4670. It also showed a nice 47 percent improvement compared to its predecessor when running Street Fighter 4 at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, with no anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering; scoring 10,473 points with average of 95 frames per second.




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wcbert said:

"The card also appears to draw all its power from the PCI-Express slot."

That is a step in the right direction with video cards.

Hereimiz said:

I love the progress ATI has been making! It will be quite interesting to see how Nvidia responds...

Puiu Puiu said:

This is a really good card for a HTPC. If it's the same as the other card then the idle power draw numbers should be insanely small and since it doesn't need a 6 or 4 pin connector we can safely say that the card also has a very low power draw when used.

This could also be a good low end gaming card. I want to see some benchmarks when it comes out.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

A very nice leap for ATI from the previous generation card. It seems to have decent performance for a sub $100 card. Now, if only we could convince everyone to buy one of these instead of an Xbox 360 or PS3, we could enjoy the good old days of when people went to the PC first for video gaming.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is probably the card Dell and HP will start shipping with their "High End" Systems and then charge you $200 to upgrade to a 5700 series card ;-p

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL @ compdata.

Not the card I want, but it seems pretty clear that if nVidia doesn't want to get blown out of the market altogether, they'd better pull their heads out and get going with their own lines of DX11 cards.

Afenix said:

Yeah, too bad that FERMI is coming out only after the new year, but ati has a huge shortage of cards, so if they want to make a buck in the holiday season, they'd better be scratching by now.

UT66 said:

nice card, but the 4770 is a better buy. (yet it dsnt have dx11, which makes no sense)

bitMorph3r said:

ATIs cards are getting better and better. anyone remember the 8800 GTX ??? this little thing is 1/5 ($) of what that card was and twice the performace. everytime i want to fell better about our current technology process i look what was high end one year before. it feels like we're on the right track.

PUTALE said:

I LIKE the fact that it comes with dvi, vga and hdmi. the fact that no additional power is really nice.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

A very nice leap for ATI from the previous generation card. It seems to have decent performance for a sub $100 card. Now, if only we could convince everyone to buy one of these instead of an Xbox 360 or PS3, we could enjoy the good old days of when people went to the PC first for video gaming.

the glory days of PC gaming are over, it's the game developers that are isolating PC gamers and not video card manufacturers...

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Afenix said:

Yeah, too bad that FERMI is coming out only after the new year, but ati has a huge shortage of cards, so if they want to make a buck in the holiday season, they'd better be scratching by now.

And when we finally actually see them, then we'll see if nVidia can gain back the ground it's losing as the top dog in GPU technology. But, we've been waiting for FERMI for a while, and ATi's been dropping hot cards and taking over the lead in graphics performance in the meantime. I'm truly excited to see what FERMI has to offer, I just hope for nVidia's sake that it's the huge killer platform they are hyping, because ATi is no longer the clumsy cousin that bumbles along and barely competes. If you want a great example of how well ATi is doing on the competitive front, compare this product to the joke of a GT240 card that nVidia just popped out in the same price range.

Has anyone else noticed a trend forming that has ATi's products being more power efficient as they continue to release new products? It'll be interested to see how efficient the new nVidia FERMI stuff is, or if we'll all have to upgrade to 1000+W power supplies... heh

pomonasi said:

this looks really bad for nvidia with their 220 and the newly released 240. why would anybody in the world settle for a 240 when this thing will no doubt crush it in performance AND price, not to mention, there are so much more cards with relatively similar pricing that are far superior to the 240. nvidia is definitely falling way behind..

claycc said:

looks like a pretty solid card for a budget gaming PC or a HTPC. I can see that card making it into a lot of OEM machines as well. I think it is smart for ATI to get as much of their 5xxx series lineup launched before Nvidia has a chance to counter.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

bitMorph3r said:

ATIs cards are getting better and better. anyone remember the 8800 GTX ??? this little thing is 1/5 ($) of what that card was and twice the performace. everytime i want to fell better about our current technology process i look what was high end one year before. it feels like we're on the right track.

I wouldn't say twice the performance of a 8800 GTX, I would even say that this new card is actually less powerful. When it was released it was the best card money could buy three years ago. Albeit it was a lot of money but it would have been on par with what you pay for todays best card. Three years has seen a lot of change, and I wouldn't trade up a 8800 GTX for this thing.

LazyNinja said:

I have been thinking of building a HTPC out of the spare parts I have lying around. All that's missing is a video card and this might be a contender . . .

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

AMD seem to be releasing the mid-range 5xxx series a lot quicker than they did with the mid-range 4xxx series, I guess they learnt their lesson from the previous generation.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

nvidia has there hands full if amd gets all of the 5000 series cards out and rolling from low end to high amd has everything covered. this is great for the consumers who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a video card hey even the general can use this since it has no external power adapter.

claycc said:

so I am guessing this card will perform someone around the 4770 (somewhere between the 4830 and 4850) but with better power requirements. Just a guess since it is faster than the 4670 and the 5770 is roughly the performance of the 4870.

Eddie_42 Eddie_42 said:

Sub $100 for a brand new HD card....good deal. Sure its not the best, sure it can be beaten. But for the average Joe....it will do everything they want.

I (and the people in my circle) don't run games at 1600x2000 resolution with all the sliders peaked to full. 1280x1024 is the most any game needs to be at, and keeping the sliders in the default positions will still give a complete experience in game.

Serag said:

"The card also appears to draw all its power from the PCI-Express slot. "

Awesome..

...Waiting for Nvidia's respond to all this..

Timonius Timonius said:

Nvidia better be out doing humanitarian aid or something for it's 'lack of response' to AMD. I would like to see options here. At the current rate I may just end up switching to an ATI card (because if that is all there is out there the game designers, publishers, etc. will be allying with AMD).

freedomthinker said:

This would definitely would be a nice card for me I always love the pricing AMD puts on its products , very reasonable .

Regenweald said:

This is my kind of card as I'm not really a gamer and this would offer great performance at a very reasonable price point.

@Timonius, I don't know what the numbers are like for PC gaming, but Graphical computing as it relates to cluster and supercomputing is a burgeoning market and if gaming is really swinging back to consoles, then picking up contracts like the next gen DSi and creating products like the tesla line may be Nvidia's new money. They are being pushed on all sides by AMD+ATI and Intel and they have answered by placing mini super processors on the PCI bus. Seems they are evolving past just gaming.

Faced with an unsure and shrinking market, they created one of their own

saintbodhisatva said:

Eddie_42 said:

Sub $100 for a brand new HD card....good deal. Sure its not the best, sure it can be beaten. But for the average Joe....it will do everything they want.

I (and the people in my circle) don't run games at 1600x2000 resolution with all the sliders peaked to full. 1280x1024 is the most any game needs to be at, and keeping the sliders in the default positions will still give a complete experience in game.

true, a lot of reviewers give mainstream cards failing grades because some of the reviewers have better than average monitors and pc specs, making cards like these cause a bottleneck in their systems, but the truth is, the majority of gamers don't necessarily buy cards costing more than $100.

WakeMO said:

Will this card be able to play games at full resolutions?

ken777 said:

For the same price, this sounds like a much better card than that Nvidia GT 240 that was reviewed here a couple of days ago.

ununpentium said:

There are a lot of powerful graphic cards out there... but too waste of slots!

Manufacturers must choose: to space out PCI-Express slots or bring external the powerful graphic cards world...

This have always been one of my desires: a simple x16 PCI-Express host card, a cable and a nice external standard case for the graphic card. Maybe moddable... Imagine users customizing it, with silent fans, lights, liquid-cooling kits, etc...

NVidia already made something, but this is not becoming a standard yet.

Different solutions for different needs...

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think I got the same FPS for the Heaven benchmark on my 5750. Hmmm...

Anyway, this should be slightly faster than the 3870, the high end a couple generations back. Nice.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What I also like is that ATI is apparently on track for releasing the low end cards very early in Q1. Unlike NVIDIA which has managed to draw Q4 2009 into 2010.

Decimae said:

I'm not sure whether this is real, though if it is, it's great news. It seems like a card that I can recommend for below 100 dollars, which will hopefully not be more than 75 euros in europe.

lfg18 said:

Wow I'm surprised, this card seems very good, NVIDIA just got their GT240 and it was not that good, but this one seems very nice, I agree with most of you, this card would do wonders for the average gamer, in my case I don't have a big screen, it's just 21" and my old Radeon 3850 runs most of the games in very good way.

If ATI gives the right price tag to this card it would definitely destroy NVIDIA's options, haha, I want to see what's going to happen next with this two companies.

TechDisciple said:

This card may have the great performance in gaming am looking to get next year.

timljh said:

no extra power,it might be a good card that consumes less power...

Razerblade said:

Wow, those are some very good specs for such a cheap card! I'm looking to upgrade my graphic cards soon and I'm pretty skint so this could be a very viable option! Can't wait for it to be reviewed to see how it performs!

manintech said:

now AMD is taking upper hand in every price range, they keep doing like that, nvidia will end up being taken by intel

Puiu Puiu said:

manintech said:

now AMD is taking upper hand in every price range, they keep doing like that, nvidia will end up being taken by intel

Intel will never buy Nvidia since they already have their own line of GPU's and the upcoming Larrabee. They could also face a lawsuit for that. It would have been something similar to google buying yahoo.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Would make a really great budget card for light gaming. ATI has been doing a lot of really cool stuff lately, wondering when Nvidia is going to catch up with their new products to try and take back from of the marketplace.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

After all Nvidia rebranding for "low-end" cards, this should be one of the biggest hits from AMD in the low-mid-end video cards. For a sub $100 price tag the 310 or one of its predecesor will just be killed.

swilllx2p said:

If this comes out before battlefield bad company 2, I'll more then likely buy it for that game . Currently running an x1950GT not sure if it'll handle BFBC2.

RealXboxMaster said:

This a a smart move from ATI/AMD. They should be bringing out cards like this that doesn't require additional power. I'm definetly looking forward to it.

BlackIrish said:

No additional power connectors, and only if they make it use passive cooling, it would be clear winner :p

jgvmx said:

I think it is a good budget card. Video cards in this price range usually improve very little from generation to generation, so a 20-30% increase in performance from the previous generation model is gladly welcome.

And as Eddie says, unless you are a gaming enthusiast with a big monitor and powerful cpu, this card is a great bang for the buck for the average joe gamer.

jjbeard926 said:

I've been using ATI cards for years now and absolutely love them. With this card in the lineup now, I'm ready to officially say that no other graphics card manufacturer can come close to ATI's offerings. This will probably be my next video card, I am a cheapskate but I do play some games that this card would be perfect for. I'm excited to see a company I've believed in for so long finally come into its own.

buttus said:

No additional power is nice and this would make for a fine HTC graphics solution in an micro ATX case. I wonder if they will have supply issues with this card as they are with the 5970's right now.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

EXCellR8 said:

A very nice leap for ATI from the previous generation card. It seems to have decent performance for a sub $100 card. Now, if only we could convince everyone to buy one of these instead of an Xbox 360 or PS3, we could enjoy the good old days of when people went to the PC first for video gaming.

the glory days of PC gaming are over, it's the game developers that are isolating PC gamers and not video card manufacturers...

I never said the video card manufacturers were to blame. The reason why developers are isolating PC gamers is because people are buying consoles more than they are buying video cards. It is the consumer base that is to blame. They're buying into the myth that PC gaming is expensive.

Orionlocke said:

Very nice! Its great seeing ATI give Nvidia a run for their money and taking the top performance spot most if not all categories right now. Definitely looking forward to seeing how Nvidia responds (though it's definitely taking them long enough!)

PNagy said:

Another nice card from ATI. I bought my 3870X2 nearly two years ago and now the mid-range cards can perform the same. It's a bit,...

aSilva said:

when nvidia FERMI comes out we wont have to worry about ati card prices ill tell you that

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"When FERMI" here, "When FERMI" there...

When FERMI comes, it will come (If it does at all, with so many "when"s geez, stop it already).

So far AMD is kicking Nvidia, period.

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