Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670 1GB Video Card Review

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The Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670

Gigabyte Radeon 5670

A bad economy does more than just get politicians talking and debating on what will turn things around; it also has a way of shocking the typical consumer into a bit of reality when it comes to money management.  It also has a way of weeding out the wants that everyone has from their real needs.  People’s mindsets change from buying the latest, greatest and fastest to buying that which will get the job done and is affordable.  That mindset affects all purchases, from houses and cars to computers.

The latest and greatest in the computing world usually comes at a high price tag.  Those that are first to own a new product will pay the price.  Just ask all the iPhone owners out there that got their products the day of launch only to have the price dramatically drop just a short six weeks later.  That is just one of many examples, but the fact is that the better and faster the technology is, the more it will cost.  Most people that are building new systems or upgrading components in their existing systems today are looking for great value in their purchases.  The $600 video card is just not going to be a big seller to the mainstream computer user.  In fact, it is not likely even going to be the top choice of those that consider themselves enthusiasts.  When talking about video cards, most people are going to want a card that will run the games they play now, includes new technology for future games and comes at a price that is affordable.  That is where the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670 comes in to play.  This $100 video card includes new technology, such as GDDR, HDMI output and DX11 compatibility, which brings great value to the table for those on a tight budget.

Just in case you missed it, Legit Reviews introduced and described the ATI Radeon HD 5670 series not too long ago, so we will focus on the details of the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670 video card itself.  First off, take a look at the specs:

Specs

 
Bus Speed
  • 16
Bus Type
  • PCI-E 2.1
Core Clock
  • 785 MHz
Chipset
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670
D-SUB
DVI PORT
TV-OUT
VIVO
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • N
Card Dimension
  • ATX
Max Digital Resolution

Max VGA Resolution

  • 2560×1600

  • 2048×1536
Core Clock
Memory Bus
Mem Clock
Memory
Memory Type
  • 785MHz
  • 128 bit
  • 4000MHz
  • 1GB
  • GDDR5
Multi View
  • Y

As you can see from the chart, the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670 video card has a core clock speed of 785MHz and the memory clock is 4000MHz.  So the core clock speed of this card is factory overclocked 10 MHz faster than ATI reference card speeds.

Gigabyte Radeon 5670

Gigabyte does recommend a power supply of at least 400 Watts for this
card if run individually. The Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670 supports ATI’s Crossfire multi-GPU technology and the recommendation for that is a 450 Watt power supply.  It is also HDMI compatible, fully supports DX11 and OpenGL 3.1, and comes with a hefty 3 year warranty. 

With all of that in mind, let’s get a closer look at this card and see if anything sets it apart from the rest of the pack.

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