ATI Radeon HD5670

Test System and 3D Mark

Testing a lot of the latest cards can very quickly lead to a CPU limited situation. Even at extreme resolutions a lot of the very high end graphics can easily sit idly waiting for a CPU to catch up. Thankfully the ATI HD5670 should be easily supplied with more data than it knows what to do with by a good chip, and to this end we did our best to have exactly the type of expensive hardware this is budget card is unlikely to be used with, to ensure it's the card, not the subsystem that affects the results.

CPU : i7 965 overclocked to 3.6GHz
RAM : 6GB of OCZ Blade
Audio : ASUS Xonar Audio
Motherboard : ASUS Rampage II Extreme
PSU : 1000w OCZ Gold
GPU : ATI HD5670 8.65beta drivers
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64

One difference to our normal testing methodology is that as well as testing at the normal highest settings, we are also going to see what settings will give a playable frame-rate in our games. For our purposes we will define playable as 30FPS or higher, which although is slightly too low for racing games, is a sensible number for a card such as this.

With the test system sorted, it's time to have a look at some results and see what the HD5670 can do.


3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage 

Starting with 3DMark06, which is definitely showing its age as a test of modern systems but luckily for us still a good test of pure horsepower. Despite the insanely beefy system it actually scored less than a 4850 we tested recently. However it is very close in performance terms, but much cheaper in pricing and with DX11 features. 11000+ points in 3DMark06 from a budget graphics card is certainly good.

Moving on to Vantage, we see an excellent P-Score of over 6000. Given that Vantage is hopelessly bias in favour of cards with Physx support, and the HD5670 is a value solution we were very impressed. Hopefully these good results will translate into good framerates in games.

Ok. Enough synthetics and photos. It's time for some gaming and to see what the scores on the doors are.

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Most Recent Comments

14-01-2010, 03:54:34

Looks like a very reasonable upper entry level graphics card. As a 400 stream processor GPU paired with 512/1024mb GDDR5, it screams DX11 replacement to the once loved Radeon HD 3850/3870 and GeForce 9600/8800 series and while it's specifications are dwarfed by the rest of ATi's range today, there's no getting around the fact that the graphics card is far from "slow" either.

It's performed very much as expected although I can't help but feel that the frame rate drop with Anti Aliasing is slightly abnormal, even for a graphics card of it's calibre. We'll see what future driver releases bring to the table.

A RRP is not bargain of the centure but is sensible when compared against the £105-130 pricetag for the HD 5750/5770. Aside being used as a graphics card for a machine for games, it's low power consumption/noise could make it an ideal HTPC or Workstation graphics card. Like it's bigger brothers it still seems to support up to three monitors and so it wins from a productivity perspective as well.

Edit - Retailers have posted their HD 5670's from around £70 upwards

Froogle indicates similar pricing from smaller retailers. Disappointing.

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14-01-2010, 05:08:58

At the time of writing no where had prices listed, £70 isnt great but still not that bad, however for £91 I cant help feeling that I would rather buy a 4870 for example, the only reason to buy this would be its size and power requirements.Quote

14-01-2010, 22:06:56

is it worth upgrading to the 5670 from the 4670?Quote

15-01-2010, 03:14:38

Its going to perform better but I personally would advise if you want to game on it to save your money and buy something better. If you dont want to game then you have no need to upgrade.Quote

15-01-2010, 03:55:23

I'm just looking for a upgrade on a budget.

I can get 4850 for $120USD or the 5750 for $160USD, but the 5670 seems like a good deal for $99USD.Quote

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