Sapphire Radeon 5770 FleX Edition
Loose the Hounds
When the Radeon 5770 was first released, we came away suitably impressed after putting it through the paces. It offered respectable gaming performance for consumers on a modest budget. The fact is, it still does.
The 5770 FleX has many similarities to the Vapor-X model, though this new card can’t match the sheer cooling prowess of the Vapor-X. However, what the FleX lacks in killer temperatures, it more than makes up for in out-of-the-box Eyefinity ability. The lure of gaming across three widescreen monitors has been a very tempting prospect, albeit an expensive one. But the 5770 FleX is indeed a game-changer, completely wiping out the necessity of DisplayPort connectivity to enjoy the gaming goodness of Eyefinity, even going so far as to make active adapters unnecessary as well.
The only downside to all of this is the simple fact that the Radeon 5770 FleX lacks the horsepower to effectively power Eyefinity on modern games at such extreme resolutions. A 5850 is needed at minimum, preferably a 5870. In fact, the prospect of having this new Eyefinity connectivity on a dual GPU 5970 is absolutely tantalizing. So why start with only a 5770? Why not go for the jugular and launch flagship cards with the horsepower to truly harness this new advancement? We’re not sure, but we’re crossing our fingers that is on the way.
Sapphire’s Radeon 5770 FleX takes what is already an impressive card, and brings in an utter game-changing advancement in the ability to run Eyefinity without the need for expensive DisplayPort connectivity or active adapters. Sadly it’s not a 5870, but this card is still an absolute winner.
Sapphire Radeon 5770 FleX