Sapphire HD5770 Crossfire Review
Wow. That almost left us breathless.
Back at the start we wondered if the speed to which the community latched on to the performance that a HD4770 Crossfire setup had, would ATI deliberately detune the HD5770 so that the HD5870 still was the weapon of choice for extreme framerates.
Clearly, and comprehensively, they didn't.
Sapphire have produced a card that gave us enough headroom for a 110MHz core and 200MHz GDDR5 overclock. Probably the most surprising aspect is that the little HD5770 easily kept up with its bigger brothers even in standard trim. Once they were run in an overclocked state it sprang into the lead and, barring one test, never relinquished it.
Given the relative performance levels of the £350 HD5870 and £250 HD5850 in our HD5000 series roundup, we expected that two HD5770s, costing around £250 for the pair, would give us around HD5850 performance or maybe a little more. How foolish preconceptions can appear in hindsight.
So at the start we set out to see if a good value choice was still a HD5850 or if a pair of HD5770s in Crossfire could soothe your gaming ache without upsetting your significant other. And the answer has to be neither. HD5770s in Crossfire aren't merely a good value choice, they are a great performance choice regardless of budget.
Sure if you've won the lottery, are the Chairmen of a bank or maybe even Bernie Ecclestone then for bleeding edge performance you still have to splash the cash on a couple of HD5870s.
For us mere mortals we can get 5870 performance, for 5850 money. And that definitely is good value, in the best meaning of the term and for this reason we have no qualms about giving it our Editors Choice award.