XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB Review
Well it can be safely said that from our testing process that we quite liked the XFX Radeon HD 5670. In terms of performance, it sits around the realms of GeForce 8800 and Radeon HD 3800 series graphics cards of the past but benefits from being smaller and cooler with of course lower power consumption. Even amongst the usual competitors, XFX holds a major advantage in that it's cooling solution is single slot, thus allowing it to fit in smaller cases. Finally, it should also be mentioned once more that the graphics card's Multi-Monitor support is a feature that puts it well ahead of it's competition from team green.
A part of me does question the Radeon HD 5670's value for money. For those of whom that need a low power graphics card for Home Theater PC usage or purely for Multi-Monitor support then even the entry level HD 5450 for as little as £37 would suffice. On the other hand, those who play games could spend as little as £20 more for an additional 60% stream processing power or a further £20 to double it with the Radeon HD 5750 and 5770 respectively. I can see this graphics card appealing to those who don't need the additional power but I genuinely wonder why an end user wouldn't spend a small amount more for something that'll go a long way with newer games. That said, the HD 5670 does benefit from lower power consumption and its smaller size allows it to fit in small Mini ITX form factor cases.
On that basis, I am not willing to give the Radeon HD 5670 any value for money prizes as it isn't quite there in terms of price. It's performance however is still admirable given it's specification and may still represent good value for those who have absolutely no scope to raise their Graphics Card budget.
- Small, Single Slot Solution
- Relatively Quiet
- Low Power Consumption
- ATi Eyefinity Support
- Reasonable Performance
- A price tag nearer the £60-70 mark would represent better value