Sapphire Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5
The Sapphire Radeon 5670 is a budget gaming card, lower on the performance ladder than the 5750, and is clearly geared to consumers who occasionally do some light gaming, and particularly at 1280 resolution; the 5670 is not a graphics workhorse. Further, it is designed to be frugal in terms of power consumption, not requiring a separate PCI-E connector and instead drawing power directly through the motherboard itself. It is a small, quiet, low-power card that is a good upgrade option for people with an older system that want to easily improve their graphics performance.
In terms of features and functionality, the Sapphire 5670 captures the latest DX11 advanced technology as well as a 40nm process that produces little heat and power consumption. In terms of performance, we saw that 1280 resolution is likely the limit for respectable framerates with antialiasing turned on in today’s popular games, and it will struggle at 1680 resolution unless you reduce or disable the antialiasing or the image quality settings.
There are just a couple drawbacks here, however. First, the cooler doesn’t exhaust warm air outside the rear of the case, though this is minor because there isn’t much heat produced to begin with. Also, the performance will struggle if you expect to run modern games at 1680 resolution with the eye candy turned up.
As for pricing, we’ve been told the card is set to retail for approximately $100 USD for the 512MB version, with the 1GB version likely going for a bit more than that. However, if you can afford just a wee bit more cash, the Radeon 5750 offers much better performance so consider springing for that card. But if your budget has no wiggle room, then the 5670 is the card to get.
The Sapphire Radeon 5670 is a very good budget gaming card for consumers who do light gaming at mostly 1280 resolution and may be looking for an easy upgrade in their performance. The card runs beautifully cool and quiet, and offers a good upgrade path in terms of features and performance. We’re hoping the final price comes in near the $100 mark to create a very attractive purchase on what is otherwise a very good entry-level gaming card. If it does, Sapphire will have a killer budget gaming card on its hands.
Sapphire Radeon HD5670 1GB
Our thanks go to Sapphire for providing the Radeon HD5670 for this review.