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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Inbetweeners

This tiny video card packed a lot of punch for its price range. We were able to enjoy DiRT 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 quite a bit with this video card. DiRT 2 performed much better than we thought it would. As usual, Crysis: Warhead seemed to be the bane of video cards everywhere.

The real question we have with this video card is what is the need? The Radeon HD 5450 is positioned at the $50 range, and while it doesn’t perform that well in the latest games, it does at least allow games to be played period. There is a much larger boost in performance moving up to the $99 Radeon HD 5670. Our testing showed that the performance between the Radeon HD 5570 and Radeon HD 5670 was closer in gap than the difference in performance between the Radeon HD 5670 and Radeon HD 5750.

Perhaps a $50 gap was just too big for AMD to leave open at this range. But there are certainly wider gaps than this that exist with the higher-end video cards. I am talking about the Radeon HD 5850 compared to the next lower video card, the Radeon HD 5770. The Radeon HD 5850 can be had for $289, yet the next lowest video card, the Radeon HD 5770 can currently be had for $145 online. That is a whopping $144 difference between these two video cards.

There is a large performance difference between the Radeon HD 5850 and the Radeon HD 5770 and a large price gap as well. It is in this range that gamers and hardware enthusiasts would rather see a video card that slips in-between two cards. The Radeon HD 5570 performs and exists right between the Radeon HD 5670 and Radeon HD 5450. However, we know you guys would be more interested in AMD putting some effort into providing an option between the Radeon HD 5770 and Radeon HD 5850.


The Bottom Line

The Radeon HD 5570 offers gamers an option between the Radeon HD 5450 and Radeon HD 5670. However, for not much more cash, the Radeon HD 5670 provides a much needed boost in games to provide a better gameplay experience.

The lowest priced Radeon HD 5670 we can find at a popular online store is currently $93. It just seems more logical to put down another $20 and go for the Radeon HD 5670 if you are a gamer. If however gaming is not the primary use for this video card, than the Radeon HD 5570 will offer you great HTPC features. However, if that is what you are going for, then it makes more sense to save more money and just go for the Radeon HD 5450.

With those scenarios in mind, it makes the need for the Radeon HD 5570 questionable. Perhaps more options are better, and will drive competition down the road. It seems to us that AMD has crowded the $50-$150 price range with no less than five distinct video cards: Radeon HD 5450, Radeon HD 5570, Radeon HD 5670, Radeon HD 5750 and Radeon HD 5770. Yet while this segment is crowded, their high-end video cards currently suffer from very large price gaps.

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