AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5570 Video Card Review

Today, AMD is launching the Radeon HD 5570. At $75-85 MSRP, the Radeon HD 5570 sits in-between the Radeon HD 5450 and Radeon HD 5670. The question on the table is, what is its value when the Radeon HD 5670 sits close in price? We’ll bring this question to bare, and show you our gameplay experiences, and provide our opinions on the value of this video card.

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DiRT 2

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DiRT 2, the first DX11 game title released is here. Check out our thorough Gameplay Performance and Image Quality evaluation for information about this new game. We are using the full version today. Our run-through is detailed on page three of our Gameplay Performance and Image Quality evaluation. In order to benefit from DX11’s Tessellation you have to run with the "Ultra" settings.


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DiRT 2 ran remarkably well on the ATI Radeon HD 5570, better than we expected actually. It’s price position is certainly correct though, performing under the more expensive Radeon HD 5670. In DiRT 2 we found the game ran in DX11 mode, but we had to turn down several in-game settings. We found that shadows, particles, ambient occlusion and post processing caused the most dramatic hits in performance. As such, we had to lower these options to "Medium" or "Low" values. We also found that car reflections, water and crowd had to be lowered. Therefore, none of the special DX11 effects were in play, though the game was running in the API.

The ATI Radeon HD 5670 performed much faster, and allowed all "High" settings at 1680x1050 except for ambient occlusion. The ATI Radeon HD 5750 really bested both cards here by allowing all "High" settings plus a higher resolution and 2X AA. Still, it is good to know that a video card such as the Radeon HD 5570 can provide you with a fairly decent gameplay experience in a new DX11 game.


Apples-to-Apples

In this apples-to-apples test we are running all video cards at 1920x1200 with "High" settings and "Medium" post processing.

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You can see that the performance difference between the Radeon HD 5570 and Radeon HD 5670 is narrower than the difference between the Radeon HD 5750.