Legit Video Card Reviews
AXLE Radeon HD 5670 Video Card Review
|Product:||Radeon HD 5670 1GB (AH-567/1GD5P8CDI)|
|Date:||Fri, Jul 02, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Austin Hamann -|
A Closer Look
As I've already mentioned, the AXLE Radeon HD 5670 comes with an Arctic Cooling heatsink which performed very well and quietly on the AXLE GeForce GT 240 at the cost of being a dualslot solution.
On the back of the card the bright red PCB really stands out with four Hynix memory IC's shown below. Also, you can see the single crossfire connector for dual-card CrossfireX.
Looking at the Hynix GDDR lettering chart, we see that these IC's run at 1.5v at 1GB density at 8K REF code at 32ms, 16 bank, 1st generation die, and is rated at 2GHz or 4GHz effective.
At the end of the AXLE Radeon HD 5670 you can see the single PCI express power connector and the height of the Arctic Cooling heatsink assembly. The solid state capacitors that are hard to miss also.
The AXLE HD 5670 provides DVI, VGA and HDMI Connectors. Since the VGA connector is included for legacy support there is no room for DisplayPort or Eyefinity. Notice the bracket utilizes 'high flow' vents recently made famous for EVGA's GTX 400 line. Regardless of bracket the fan shroud shape does not allow much air outside the case so it is a moot point.
Upon taking the heatsink off I was not so pleasantly surprised by a substantial amount of thermal compound, about five times the amount necessary if not more. Not only over-applied by a bunch, but there are two different types of compound used as well; the standard semi-thin layer that comes on heatsinks, and the bright white compound slapped on top.
Nothing short of a complete mess, took about 20min removing the white compound with a ton of cotton swabs and Isopropyl Alcohol.
With the core mostly cleaned up you can see all you really need is a drop of compound, you don't need to dump a whole tube on the thing.
The bare card, you can see the additional four Hynix IC's totaling 512MB on front and back.
Next Page - Test Setup
Page 1 - AXLE 3D and the Radeon HD 5670
Page 2 - Retail Box and Bundle
Page 3 - A Closer Look
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Shattered Horizon
Page 6 - Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Page 7 - Metro 2033
Page 8 - Aliens vs Predator Benchmark v1.03
Page 9 - Furmark v1.8.2
Page 10 - Futuremark 3DMark
Page 11 - Unigine Heaven v2.1
Page 12 - Unigine Tropics v1.3
Page 13 - Temperatures & Power Consumption
Page 14 - AXLE Radeon HD 5670 Overclocking
Page 15 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions