PowerColor HD5770 Reviewgotdamojo06 - October 12, 2009
Category: Video Cards
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Are you just like every other computer enthusiast out there, waiting to see some numbers on release day of the HD5770? Well, you have come to the right place. ATI has finally released one of its newest cards, and we had the opportunity to take the first look at the PowerColor HD5770. This card is built on the R780 core, comes clocked in at 850MHz for the core clock and the GDDR5 memory comes clocked in at a 1200MHz speed! ATI has taken the time to throw a whole bunch of features into its latest card, including the 40nm processing technology that is going to allow for higher clocks at a lower power consumption. I am very anxious to see exactly how the card is going to perform, so without further ado it's time to take the first look at the PowerColor HD5770.
Taking a look at the front of the packaging for the PowerColor HD5770, you are going to see a warrior wearing battle armor with a picture of a castle in the background and a gold-ish yellow lightning storm going on in the background, which might signify the power that the card is going to be able to yield. The top left hand corner is where you are going to find the PowerColor logo with the company's slogan, "Unleash the Gaming Power" printed just below it. There are the 1GB GDDR5 and Dual DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort logos on the front of the package, allowing you to see a glimpse of the features the new card is going to hold. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are going to see a whole bunch of information about the card and all of its new features that are included, such as the ATI Eyefinity Technology, ATI Stream Technology, Microsoft DirectX 11, and much, much more! On the sides of the package you are going to find the power & system requirements; PowerColor only requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply with a 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector.
When you open up the package, you are going to find a separate brown box inside the outer sleeve; this box is where the HD5770 card and all of the accessories are housed. The PowerColor HD5770 card itself is wrapped in an anti-static bag and fitted into an opening to make sure that it is not going to move around and become damaged during the shipping process.
Inside the package you are going to find not only the HD5770 but also an installation manual that will help you install the video card if you are unfamiliar with the installation process. PowerColor has also packaged a driver CD with the card to make your life a little easier so that you are not looking all over the place and waiting for the download to finish up, but instead you can start using your new card right away. There is a CrossfireX bridge included as well as a DVI to Analog dongle to hook up your analog monitors to the card.
Now that we know how the PowerColor HD5770 comes packaged, it's time to take a look at the most important part of the package, the card itself!