PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS+ Version Graphic Card Review

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

Same thing, different heatsink – that’s how I could best sum it up.

The Appearance

This is the HD5770 PCS version from PowerColor, non-reference heatsink!

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

The Bundle

– Driver CD
– Manual
– DVI to VGA adapter
– Crossfire cable
– DIRT 2 game!

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCS Version Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

ProcessorAMD Athlon II X2 250
RAMOCZ 1066mhz 4GB Dual-Channel Kit
MotherboardMSI 770-C45
CoolerStock heatsink
Monitor20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Power SupplyGigabyte Odin GT 550w
Operating SystemWindows 7 32bit
Driver VersionATi Catalyst 9.12

The Performance

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+35
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB32
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB35

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+57.8
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB56.9
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB55.9

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946

CardSnow (Average)Cave (Average)
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+51.659.7
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB43.360.5
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB64.660.6

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+19.53
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB19.03
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB22.21

H.A.W.X.

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

CardAverage
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+54
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB44
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB52

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+28
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB27
Gigabyte Radeon HD4890 1GB42

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

CardIdle (°C)Load (°C)Stress (°C)
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+406174
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB407377

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.

Looks good here, much lower temperature on load.

Power Consumption

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

System Power ConsumptionMaximum (w)
HD5770110
HD4890190

Conclusion

The PCS+ version restails for RM 599 or so, quite a good deal considering you get a better heatsink.

It’s a little faster that the on I reviewed before, I couldn’t think of any other explanation for the score boost other than the slightly faster clock, the newer driver and of course, possibly Windows 7. The processor is an AMD Athlon II X2 250, which is a lesser processor compared to the configuration used in the other review.

Let’s also not forget that you’ll get a DIRT2 game as well, you’ll just have to download the game from Steam.

goldfries recommended

Please bear in mind that the HD4890 is still the faster card among the 2, especially if you consider the specification. Personally I would still go for the HD5770 for obvious reasons.

goldfries rated this product :

3 Comments

  1. halo….admin
    can ask some question…?
    first iI have hardware spec motherboard ram ddr 2…processor core 2 duo…and grapic card ddr 2..so I want my upgrade own grapic card to ddr 5.my point is
    do this grapic card can comfortable with my motherboard?
    this grapic card radeon hd5770 in keeping with windows xp software?



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