Launched under the promise that “HD gaming starts here”, the ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics processor make a few boasts from the get go; the promotional notes start by telling us how it offers “best-in-class performance and features, with complete DirectX 11 support and the world’s most advanced graphics, display and memory technologies”.
Overall then, from the promo material they’re not exactly selling themselves short then, but a few weeks on from its release onto the market has ATI really lived up to its word? Previous Radeons such as the HD 5870, HD 5850 and HD 5770 cover a lot of bases when it comes to DX11 but where the 5670 is set to make its mark, as one review notes, is as a low cost DX11 card (around €70 or $100) that, perhaps most importantly considering its mass market audience, does not require an external power connector.
The ATI Radeon HD 5670 - solid for the price if not spectacular overall
As Bit-Tech reveal, “Of course, dropping an external power connector and targeting a lower price point mean that there have had to be some significant cuts when it comes to the core hardware involved. The 40nm GPU, codenamed Redwood (to the 57xx series’ Juniper and the 58xx series’ Cypress) sports a lowly 400 stream processors running at 775MHz (in comparison to the HD 5770’s 800 and the HD 5870’s1,600 stream processors, running at 725MHz and 850MHz respectively), with those 400 comprising just twenty texture units.”