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Shootouts

ATI Radeon HD 5670 Shootout - Mainstream Battle Royale

By Kenny Yeo - 19 Feb 2010

Conclusion

Too Close to Call

Although we are a bit miffed at the fact that these cards came with such conservative clock speeds, they have nevertheless performed up to our expectations.

On the performance front, there is little to separate between the cards considering their clock speeds are nearly identical. There is also little to compare in the overclocking department, since majority of the cards were limited to 850MHz at the core and 4200MHz DDR at the memory, with the exception of the ASUS EAH5670 and PowerColor HD 5670 PCS+. However, cooling efficiency varied quite significantly from card to card and it is obvious that the Gigabyte HD 5670, PowerColor HD 5670 PCS+ and Sapphire HD 5670 were the best performers.

With all cards performing so similarly and priced to kill, it was difficult to pick a winner. And truth to be told, you'll won't go wrong with any one of them. But having said that, the ASUS EAH5670 stood out the best for us.

On the subject of frame buffer, we found that cards with 1GB of memory did offer a noticeable boost in performance, but this does vary from game to game. Considering that the Radeon HD 5670 wasn't built for outright high-quality gaming in the first place, we would suggest those on a tighter budget to stick with 512MB variants. 1GB of frame buffer is good to have, but not necessary.

Here's a summary of their clock speeds, operating temperatures and price.

Card Core Clock Speed Memory Clock Speed Maximum Record Temperature (degrees Celsius) Price
ASUS EAH5670 1GB 775MHz 4000MHz DDR 60 S$189
Gigabyte HD 5670 1GB 785MHz 4000MHz DDR 53 S$195
HIS Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 512MB 775MHz 4000MHz DDR 70 ~S$140
MSI R5670-PMD1G 1GB 775MHz 4000MHz DDR 62 S$189
PowerColor HD 5670 PCS+ 512MB 785MHz 4000MHz DDR 53 S$189
Sapphire HD 5670 512MB 775MHz 4000MHz DDR 53 S$149

With all the cards performing so uniformly and priced so competitively, it was difficult for us to pick a winner. However, the ASUS EAH5670 just about nudges ahead thanks to its competitive price, performance, features and willingness to overclock. Its cooler might not be the most effective, but the card could still reach some impressive clock speeds. Furthermore, the dust-free fan design, Smart Doctor and GamerOSD overclocking utilities add value to an already accomplished card.

Final Ratings

The ASUS EAH5670 1GB GDDR5

The Gigabyte HD 5670 1GB GDDR5

The MSI R5670-PMD1G 1GB GDDR5

PowerColor HD 5670 PCS+ 512MB GDDR5

Sapphire HD 5670 512MB GDDR5

HIS Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 512MB GDDR5

 

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