PowerColor 5770 PCS+ Vortex ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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Nothing major has been changed with the PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PCS+ Vortex in comparison to its other 5770s. The main differences are slightly better performance, a different fan setup and a free copy of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game. The core has been overclocked slightly more as well, but the other cards could easily reach 900 MHz, though may not be warrantied to that level - something you get from a factory-overclocked card. The core was overclocked nearly 6% over reference 5770 speeds, and only 2% on the memory side. Without effort, 970 MHz core and 1360 MHz memory was easy to attain using only ATI Overdrive setting clock rates and fan speed. The gains equate to 8% more speed on the core from factory clocks and 11% more on the memory - not bad at all. Temperatures peaked in the high seventies, but often were in the sixties, especially with direct fan control. The automated profile is targeted more for silence, although even with temperatures into the seventies, the video card is plenty safe to operate. Voltage modification is not possible with software and can only be done through hard modification.
Price will be the main factor on how well this card sells, especially with new pressures from NVIDIA. The game could entice people to buy the video card too since Modern Warfare 2 is popular. Most companies bundle games that are not nearly as popular (or sometimes valuable), so this may be a selling point. The only real con that sticks out is that the only real difference between this and the older PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PCS+ is a new BIOS and fan/shroud, and of course, a different bundle. The card operated flawlessly.
Ultimately, pricing will decide if the market favors the 5770 versus alternative cards. This new cooling design does work, but doesn't change things tremendously but does keep a good thing going.
- Vortex works
- Low fan noise
- Small size
- Free popular game