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ATI Radeon HD 5770 And 5750 Review

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  1. topgear

    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    The last 30 days have seen a ton of new technology, from Intel’s Lynnfield-based Core i5 and Core i7 processors (which we reviewed here, tested in a number of different games with CrossFire and SLI setups here, and measured the effect of integrated PCI Express 2.0 right here) to ATI’s Cypress graphics processor (manifest through the Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850). Between those launch stories, I’ve run thousands of benchmark numbers and written tens of thousands of words. Thus, when I sat down to write this Radeon HD 5770/5750 review (after running another 500+ tests), I had to mix it up a bit and have a little fun with the intro. Feel free to read while listening to Biz Markie’s Just A Friend.


    Have you ever seen a card that you wanted to buy?
    Killer performance, but a price sky-high?
    Let me tell you a story of my situation;
    I game on PCs, forget Playstation.
    The tech that I like is really high-end.
    But I gotta get by with a couple Benjamins.
    I upgrade once a year, whenever I can.
    Processors, hard drives, graphics cards, RAM.
    i7 looked great; I bought i5.
    Now it’s time for new graphics; make my games look live.
    I know of Nvidia; I know ATI.
    So many boards between ‘em, makes me want to cry.
    G92’s been around, and that’s a fact.
    Couldn’t find 740; that launch was whack.
    But I’ve pulled out my wallet out and I’m ready to buy.
    I want something new; no shrunken die.
    Read Chris’ Cypress story; that card looked hot
    If I had four bones, it’d already be bought.


    Come onnnnnn, I can’t even afford that.
    I’m looking for something under $200, man.


    And here’s where ATI chimes in…


    We’ve…we’ve got what you need. And you say you have $160 to spend?
    And you say you have $160 to spend? Oh gamer…
    We’ve…we’ve got what you need. And you say you have $160 to spend?
    And you say you have $160 to spend? Oh gamer…
    We’ve…we’ve got what you need. And you say you have $160 to spend?
    And you say you have $160 to spend?


    Last Year’s Flagship Is This Year’s Mid-Range



    Meet the Radeon HD 5770...

    [​IMG]


    If the Radeon HD 5870 was characterized by roughly twice the computing resources as Radeon HD 4870, then the Radeon HD 5770 represents a halving of Radeon HD 5870. You’d think that’d yield something that looks a lot like the Radeon HD 4870 to which you’re already accustomed—and you’d be close to correct.


    The Radeon HD 4870 is based on ATI’s 55nm RV770, sporting 956 million transistors on a 260 square millimeter die. It boasts 800 ALUs (shader processors), 40 texture units, a 256-bit memory interface armed with GDDR5 memory (cranking out 115.2 GB/s), and a depth/stencil rate of 64 pixels per clock.



    ...and the Radeon HD 5750

    [​IMG]


    In contrast, ATI’s 40nm Juniper GPU is made up of 1.04 billion transistors. It also wields 800 shader processors, 40 texture units, and a depth/stencil rate of 64 pixels per clock. But its memory interface, being a halved version of Cypress,’ is only 128-bits wide. Nevertheless, ATI arms it with GDDR5 memory able to move up to 76.8 GB/s.


    Right off the bat, we knew that this was going to be a very tough comparison—not only between ATI and Nvidia, but also between ATI and its own lineup of products. Yes, both of these new cards leverage DirectX 11 support. They both offer three digital display outputs split between DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. And the pair is able to bitstream Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio from your home theater PC to your compatible receiver via HDMI 1.3, too.


    But with specs that look roughly on par with the Radeon HD 4870 and Radeon HD 4770, anyone who recently purchased one of those previous-generation boards is bound to feel smug about the performance we see in this write-up—at least until DirectX 11 applications start emerging in greater numbers.

    [​IMG]

    So, what’s the verdict? Is the Radeon HD 5770 worth paying $160 for amongst $145 Radeon HD 4870s? Is the 1GB Radeon HD 5750 worth its $129 price tag in comparison to the $120 Radeon HD 4770 (with 512MB) or even Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 250 at a similar price? Let’s dig into the speeds, feeds, numbers, and multimedia tests for more.

    Read on ... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446.html
     
  2. desiibond

    desiibond Bond, Desi Bond!

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    These two cards look powerful but $150 and $120 would've been much much better price point.

    By end of this year, HD5770 should be avilable inside 130$ and we may see HD5750 either go sub 100 or disappear completely.
     
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    yeah. it certainly is. And I hope AMD will remove HD47xx and HD48xx from the market and do a price cut on HD5xxx very soon.
     
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    ^Or at least reduce prices on the 4770 and kill the 48xx.
     
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    Desiibond, I see you're using the AltecL MX5021 speakers. I've been wanting to buy these for sometime now, but have never been able to convince myself about two things:

    1. Excessive/Boomy bass
    2. High quality stereo imaging

    The first is something which my speakers shouldn't have AT ALL. I'm not remotely a bass freak. The second is something which I crave. I love to have a well imaged sound, with the spectrum so clear that every instrument's position can be sensed.

    How does the 5021 fare when it comes to these two aspects?
    (Ooops, sorry for the topic diversion!)
     
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    desiibond Bond, Desi Bond!

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    Excessive bass is definitely not MX-5021's area. These speakers concentrate more on quality/clarity of the sound rather than pumping out bass. Their bass is lot less powerful when you compare that to Z-2300. And if you feel the bass is high, you can reduce the bass and set it at exactly the level that you want.

    But do remember that the sub is massive and damn heavy.
     
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    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    WoW! Never thought that I will see speaker related discussion in a gfx card related tech news thread :p
     
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    well i am still with my 4670....dont know when i will go for upgrade, but i think its wise enough to wait for dx 11 games to come to market and buy a card that performs well in those games
     
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    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    Yup, it will be wise to take the path of wait and watch :p

    Nvidia is going to release DX11 based gpu's and some DX11 based games will be published for sure. Then we can get much better competitive products in the terms of both price and performance as we can really see what kind of performance DX11 based gpus has to offer with DX11 based games :p
     
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