Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 PCS+ Vortex Review
Published: 16th August 2010 | Source: Powercolor | Price: £138.74 |
With our tests now complete, we are now struggling to find an area where the HD 5770 PCS+ Vortex disappoints. Powercolor have effectively offered a quieter and more capable alternative to the reference design graphics cards at a price tag that is at most, £10 dearer. Not only does the slightly higher outlay in price offer you a more potent cooling solution, Powercolor are kind enough to include a small Core and Memory overclock as standard to help your graphics card stand out from the rest.
As always, one's mileage may vary but we were able to push out graphics card's core frequency to a mighty 975MHz. This offered a small but noticeable performance increase; but is this enough to fend off the all new GeForce GTX 460? For most of the part, no not really. There is very little we can say to escape the inevitable fact that the GTX 460 is somewhat faster out of the box and once overclocked can pull way ahead of the Radeon HD 5770. It is however also warmer, larger and consumes considerably more power.
So there we have it. Sadly I cannot quite offer a clear cut answer as to whether one should buy this graphics card but inevitably it comes down to your individual needs. From a budget perspective, the HD 5770 is arguably a sensible choice. For those who are constrained to a fixed spend limit, the GTX 460 may be out of reach with typical prices of around £160 - however sometimes they can be found for as little as £139. Even still, the HD 5770 still holds it's own with it's TDP of just 108W. If however performance is your sole directive then perhaps you should save a few more pennies and defect to the realms of Team Green...
All in all, Powercolor have done a fine job at refreshing the (now mid-life) 5770 graphics card. If you are in the market for budget orientated gaming graphics cards, this is most certainly one to consider.
- Overclocks well
- Effective Cooling Solution
- Priced well against other HD 5770 competition
- Now sits very close to GeForce GTX 460