Radeon HD 5670 brings DirectX 11 to budget segment

By on January 14, 2010, 9:54 AM
Continuing with its top to bottom Radeon HD 5000 series rollout, AMD has moved on to attack the mainstream value segment of the graphics market with a new sub-$100 card capable of supporting Microsoft's latest DirectX 11 engine. Just like its higher end siblings, the ATI Radeon HD 5670 also supports Eyefinity to spread your display over multiple monitors, and ATI Stream which allows the GPU to carry out non-graphics related tasks.

Based on a 40nm GPU codenamed "Redwood," the card's specifications include 400 stream processors operating at a clock frequency of 775MHz, offering more than 600 TeraFLOPS of raw computing power, and either 512 ($99) or 1GB ($119) of GDDR5 memory for a total bandwidth of up to 64 GB/s on a 128-bit bus. In terms of energy consumption, the single-slot Radeon HD 5670 offers an impressively power low draw of just 14W at idle and 61W under load.

The new card is said to consistently outperform Nvidia's GeForce GT 240, which was already an irrelevant product anyway, but since Nvidia is pricing it at $99 that's what AMD is positioning its 5670 after. Overall you can expect most games to run smoothly at 1680x1050 with anti-aliasing and detail levels cranked up. Check out some reviews at PC Per, Legit Reviews and Anandtech.

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compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Would have liked to see it come in a little less to undercut the older tech more. Now you have more of a choice, 5670 or 4850 for more performance for the same price?

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wonder how (if) these would work in a Crossfire configuration? Could be a fairly cheap entry into decent gaming power...

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Vrmithrax said:

Wonder how (if) these would work in a Crossfire configuration? Could be a fairly cheap entry into decent gaming power...

Hilbert's on top of it (as usual) [link]

Decent, but for the same basic performance level as a HD 5770 probably makes no sense if the pricing structure we have in New Zealand is repeated globally.

In $NZ , HD 5670 $US148 ($US296 for Crossfire), HD 5770 $US200

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Prices WERE in $NZ -I converted them to $US before posting.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well then, it's just silly to consider 2 cards for more rather than the 1 better card

The only time it might make sense is if you were tight in the budget, to get your system up and running, then add a second card down the road a bit to kick it up a notch.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

For once, the energy consumption does make the 5770 far superior to the performance difference of the 4850.

jgvmx said:

Looks pretty attractive for a budget build considering the price, performance and energy consumption.

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