PowerColor PCS+ 5770 ReviewRHKCommander959 - December 29, 2009
Category: Video Cards
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After the release of the 5800 series graphics cards from ATI for the high end market, midrange and low end solutions were needed to fill the market gap! The 5750 and 5770 were next in line and come with 720 and 800 stream processing units, respectively - similar to the 4800 series of last generation. Although the 5770 and 4870 are similar in stream processing units, they are built on different fabrication processes and have other differences, such as the memory interface. The fifth generation also supports Microsoft DirectX 11. PowerColor has given us an overclocked 5770 carrying the moniker PCS+ for its high performance cards. The stock clocks of a vanilla 5770 are 850MHz core and 1200MHz memory, while the factory-overclocked PowerColor card comes in at 875MHz and 1225MHz. Since the die has been shrunk down using 40nm technology, the energy requirements have also been shaved off - only one PCIe 6-pin power cable is required for use. The 5770 comes packed with 1GB of GDDR5 - becoming common for many video cards. Another thing to note is that 5770s and 5750s are able to be mixed together in CrossFireX even though they have different stream counts.
It will be interesting to see how well the PowerColor PCS+ 5770 performs against the higher end GPUs of the 5800 series, as well as the 4800 line and Nvidia's offerings.
The front of the box shows a blue car/fan shroud with some tire marks. The lower right corner has a Dirt 2 sticker - indicating the game/game code is included with the video card! Boldly presented at the bottom is PCS+ Radeon HD 5770, while the video outputs supported and memory reside at the top right. Flipping the box over to the back side, you'll find the key features listed, while others are pointed out with graphics - ATI Stream Technology, CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology, ATI Eyefinity Technology, Microsoft DirectX 11, and Built-in HDMI with 7.1 Surround Sound. The right side has seven different languages that talk about the 128-bit memory interface, Shader Model 5.0 support, and DirectX 11 support. The bottom right explains that PCS stands for Professional Cooling System. "With unique cooling technology and attractive cover design, this fantastic cooling solution can decrease operating environment temperature effectively, and enhance headroom for overclocking capabilities. All of these advantages will provide more flexibility for all gamers to take control and tune their rig for maximum performance."
The sides of the box don't have too much to show except the Radeon HD 5770 name and PowerColor brand at the bottom. Opening the box reveals a brown cardboard platform box that has to be slid out before opening. Once out and opened, the card sits ready inside its protective anti-static bag.
Underneath the folding platform are the accessories - driver disk, Dirt 2 voucher, CrossFireX dongle, DVI to VGA adapter, and guides. The anti-static bag is a common, but very necessary, protection method for preserving the product, as it helps to keep out static, as well as dust and other nuisances.
With everything unpacked, it is easier to see the manual, Dirt 2 voucher, ATI driver disk, and DVI to VGA adapter. A solid accessory pack.
Time to get some shots of the card!