Date: Tuesday , February 09, 2010
There’s just no stopping the AMD GPU train, it is clear they had the entire family of Radeon HD 5000 series video cards planned from the launch of this new generation back in September of last year. AMD has been on a winning streak in terms of performance, features and hitting every major price point in their new generation of GPUs.
Fast forward to just last week and you’ll find that AMD has launched their lowest-end GPU, at the $50 range, in the Radeon HD 5000 series lineup. Today, AMD is launching the Radeon HD 5570, which sits just right above this GPU and right under the Radeon HD 5670.
The Radeon HD 5570 will sell between $79-85, depending on output connection options and memory configuration. Our test sample had 1GB of GDDR3 on board, but you will certainly be able to find 512MB models as well for lesser prices. The DX11 40nm GPU runs at 650MHz, but add-in-board manufacturers can offer differing clock speeds as well. There are 400 stream processors, 20 texture units and 8 ROPs. Memory runs at 1.8GHz on a 128-bit bus. Power utilization is typically low for this generation; 9.7W at idle and 38W full load. There is full support for three display Eyefinity.
Noteworthy is that this is a very slim video card, with the VGA port being attached via cable. This will allow add-in-board partners to make half-height cards or full-height cards, with varying output options. Our test model has a DVI, HDMI and VGA connection. The heatsink is made of copper and there is an active fan to keep it cool. There is no auxiliary power required for this video card. CrossFire is supported, and can be handled over the PCI-Express ports, with no bridge required.