PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

October 27th, 2009 by goldfries | Viewed 18908 times
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

The first HD5xxx series to reach goldfries.com :) Of course, I certainly welcome it with more than open arms!

How good is this card? The HD4770 was alright but nothing spectacular. Now the HD5770, priced at around RM 600 – will the card be worth the price?

The Appearance

The PowerColor Radeon HD5770 uses the reference cooler, you can see that it looks JUST LIKE THAT for practically any other brand.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

The ATI RADEON words clearly STAMPED on the case.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

The fan commonly seen on ATI Radeon reference coolers.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

4x digital output! That I like, bye bye VGA out. :) Here’s 1x HDMI, 1x Display Port and 2x DVI.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

The front (or some may prefer to call it side) of the card, while it looks great, I didn’t quite like it that it’s blocking the PCI-E connector.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

The Bundle

- Driver CD
- Manual
- DVI to VGA adapter
- Crossfire cable (Yes! it comes with a crossfire cable!)

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.6ghz
RAM OCZ 1066mhz 4GB Dual-Channel Kit
Motherboard MSI P55-GD65
Cooler Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Monitor 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Power Supply Gigabyte Odin GT 550w
Operating System Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Driver Version ATi Catalyst 9.10

The Performance

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 32
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB 35

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 56.9
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB 55.9

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946

Card Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 43.3 60.5
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB 64.6 60.6

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 19.03
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB 22.21

H.A.W.X.

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, not using DX10.1 for mode.

Card Average
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 44
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB 52

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 27
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB 42

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

Card Idle (°C) Load (°C) Stress (°C)
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB 40 73 77

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

- Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at 1680×1050 with 4xAA.
- Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

Power Consumption

A little more details on the maximum power consumption of the HD5770 based card.

System Power Consumption Maximum (w)
HD5770 110
HD4890 190

Conclusion

Despite being a 128-bit card, the HD5770 delivers almost as well as the 256-bit HD4890. Not only that, you get really similar performance (in most cases) at less than 90% of the cost (The HD5770 and the HD4890 at a very close price range, the HD5770 being cheaper by anywhere from RM 80 to over RM 100.) and having the power consumption reduced by nearly 50%!

I’m was also impressed by how the card performed admirably against the Furmark stress test. I didn’t find the card noisy, you could reduce the RPM if you need to. Oh and just to add, the 4 digital output and the DirectX 11 support adds to the overall value of the card.

As you can see I really like this card. :) I’m even more happy that it comes with Crossfire cable! Now if only I could get another HD5770 to crossfire on my P55 board.

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