Sapphire Radeon 5770 Vapor-X
AMD’s push to bring a 40nm GPU to the market was a smart move with their previous generation 4800 lineup, and building upon that now in the 5000 series, purposely focusing on gaming value for their graphics cards. True to form then, the Sapphire Radeon 5770 Vapor-X not only offers good gaming value but very respectable performance as well.
In terms of performance, the 5770 Vapor-X comes very slightly factory-overclocked, with a minor bump in the core speed, but more importantly bringing a custom cooler that keeps this card very cool and very quiet as a result; you won’t hear it inside your case, it won’t create a furnace effect in your room, but you’ll see some great results in your gaming framerates. It trades blows with the GTX 260 depending on the game of choice, but runs cooler and quieter while carrying a lower price tag.
The 5770 Vapor-X costs approximately $175 USD, about $20 cheaper than the GTX 260 on average, and considering what you get in return in terms of 40nm process, lower temperatures and noise levels, along with a free game worth $40 tossed in for good measure, this makes the 5770 Vapor-X a very compelling product. It offers very respectable performance in today’s popular games, runs cool and quiet, draws little power, and is priced very attractively; that is an excellent combination regardless how you look at it. There are really only a couple of drawbacks here: first, the cooler doesn’t vent warm air outside the rear of the case (but that’s not a terribly big issue because the 5770 doesn’t run very hot anyways), and second, the performance will start to struggle a bit if you plan on running games at 1920 resolution with the eye candy turned up.
Sapphire’s Radeon 5770 Vapor-X is an impressive card, and while it can’t run with the big dogs, it does offer great gaming performance in the mainstream segment for gamers that can’t afford top dollar for the 5800 series cards but don’t want to sacrifice too much, provided you’re not gaming at 1920 resolution. Two thumbs up.
Sapphire Radeon HD5770 Vapor-X
Our thanks go to Sapphire for providing the Radeon HD5770 Vapor-X for this review.