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.


Crysis: Warhead

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We are using the full version of Crysis: Warhead. We will be playing Warhead with the latest patches installed in 64-bit. We are playing the entire "Train" level. Our run-through starts off with us getting on the train, manning the gun turrets, and blowing up everything along the way as the train progresses down the tracks. We stop at the tower, perform the mission there, and continue on until the end.

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In Crysis: Warhead the performance toll was great, as we expected. We had to keep the shaders at minimum quality. At this level, the game really doesn’t look that great at 1680x1050. Setting the shaders just one notch higher, to mainstream, caused the ice levels to be completely unplayable. With minimum shaders we could keep everything else at mainstream quality at least.

The Radeon HD 5670 improved up on gameplay in some major ways, by allowing mainstream shader quality and even gamer quality on many options at 1680x1050. The Radeon HD 5750 only allowed 1680x1050, but we were at least able to have every in-game setting at gamer. The experience overall wasn’t that great in this game on the Radeon HD 5570, but it at least is playable, so someone could at least play the game with this video card at an ok resolution.


In this apples-to-apples test we are leaving the game at 1680x1050 and setting everything to game levels.

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Just like DiRT 2, the Radeon HD 5570 rides closer to the Radeon HD 5670 in performance than the Radeon HD 5670 does compared to the Radeon HD 5750.