ATI Radeon HD 5670 - The New Mainstream Warrior

The ATI Radeon HD 5670

The ATI Radeon HD 5670

The reference card that ATI sent us is a decidedly simple affair. It comes in a single slot form factor and has a very compact cooler, which runs fairly quietly during operation. Clock speeds are reference, which means 775MHz at the core and 4000MHz DDR, and it comes with 512MB of GDDR5 memory that interfaces with a 128-bit wide memory bus.

Here are some shots of the card.

Note the ATI Radeon HD 5670's compact single slot cooler, and its lack of PCIe power connectors , making it the ideal weapon of choice for HTPC and probably even LAN party enthusiasts.

The Radeon HD 5670 main competiton comes in the form of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 240, and here it is. It looks bigger because this card has a dual-slot cooler.

The Radeon HD 5670 has a DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI outputs, and is capable of driving three displays at once.

Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed that our card doesn't come with CrossFireX connector. We've been told by ATI that while CrossFireX is supported by the new Radeon HD 5670, the choice to implement them is ultimately up to vendors. Obviously, one can expect cards without CrossFireX capability to cost less.