AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 Review

Performance on a budget! That is what AMD is bringing you today with the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5700 series. The new HD 5750 and HD 5770 are priced to sell, but don’t skimp on gaming performance, all while staying cool and power efficient. We have also added Resident Evil 5 and Batman: AA to our gameplay testing.

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Need for Speed: Shift

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Need for Speed: Shift is the next title in the Need for Speed franchise. This new game completely changes gameplay compared to everything before it. The new NFS: Shift is a DX9 game, but employs the latest DX9 graphical features such as HDR, depth of field, motion blur, high quality shadows, multisample AA on alpha textures and crisp high quality textures. For our manual run-through we will drive on the Nordschleife track, which is 12+ miles long and lasts 10 minutes. We have enabled 15 opponents to really burden the system, and the time of day set is Midday.


Highest Playable Settings Radeon HD 5770

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Finally, in Need for Speed: Shift we are seeing the ATI Radeon HD 5770 outperform the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. We were able to play at 1920x1200 with no less than 8X AA enabled on the Radeon HD 5770. Not only that, but we were averaging a very high 53 FPS while doing it! What is even more impressive is that the Radeon HD 5750 can do that too, playing smoothly at 1920x1200 with 8X AA!

Going higher, to 2560x1600 we found 2X AA at 2560x1600 is playable on the Radeon HD 5770. We went with 8X AA at 1920x1200 because overall it had higher performance at this setting, and the game looked incredible with 8X AA enabled. The Radeon HD 4870 1GB was also playable at 8X AA at 1920x1200.


Highest Playable Settings Radeon HD 5750

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The Radeon HD 5750 1GB is easily playable at 8X AA at 1920x1200 in NFS: Shift. This is a huge improvement over the Radeon HD 4770 which is only playable at 1920x1200 with No AA. Not only is the Radeon HD 5750 able to run at 8X AA at 1920x1200, but it is doing so with faster performance than the Radeon HD 4770 with No AA. This proves there is a large performance advantage with the Radeon HD 5750 compared to the Radeon HD 4770.

The Radeon HD 5750 also outperformed the GeForce GTS 250 and provided a better gameplay experience. We found 4X AA playable at 1920x1200 on the GeForce GTS 250. Moving up to 8X CSAA caused too much of a drag in performance. You will notice that even at 4X AA the GeForce GTS 250 had some large dips in performance. The Radeon HD 5750 was much more consistent.

At 2560x1600 we found the Radeon HD 5750 was playable with No AA, we were averaging framerates that were around 35 FPS at this setting, dropping to only 32 FPS in our run-through testing. That means the Radeon HD 5750 is a very capable card for 2560x1600 in NFS: Shift.

We must also remind you that AMD believes that they are not receiving the performance they believe they should in this game, so future drivers/patches may improve this performance even more.


Apples to Apples

We are testing at 2560x1600 with 4X AA enabled with the highest in-game settings for the Radeon HD 5770 comparison. This should give you a good idea of memory bandwidth performance since we are running at a high 4X AA at 2560x1600.

We are testing at 2560x1600 with 2X AA enabled with the highest in-game settings for the Radeon HD 5750 comparison to really push these cards. We wanted to do this comparison at 4X AA, but the GTS 250 majorly bottlenecked at that setting, whereas the HD 5750 was able to do it just fine.

Radeon HD 5770 Comparison

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With 4X AA enabled at 2560x1600 the ATI Radeon HD 5770 still leads in performance over the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. The Radeon HD 4750 is actually able to do this run-through with respectable results, averaging 31 FPS. That cannot be said for the GTS 250, which bottlenecked at this setting, we had to lower it to 2X AA below.

Radeon HD 5750 Comparison

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Here, we see that at 2560x1600 the ATI Radeon HD 5750 performs much faster than the Radeon HD 4770. The Radeon HD 4770 had some kind of performance issue, causing performance to suddenly drop out for a short time, before kicking back into gear. The GeForce GTS 250 was barely faster on average than the HD 5750, but it too had some performance spikes. When all is said and done, the Radeon HD 5750 was very impressive due to the performance provided for the price.