Sapphire HD 5770 FleX ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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Although on paper the Sapphire HD 5770 FleX appears to be just a reference designed 5770 with a different heat sink, it proves that it is much more through the overclocking headroom and how cool it operates. Being able to benchmark at 1 GHz core is not an insignificant feat, especially without voltage modification. The core was tested with a 15% overclock and the memory tested with a 13% overclock, not bad at all and there was the possibility for more headroom with enough patience. The idea of being able to use three monitors together for ATI Eyefinity with normal DVI connectors is a nice bonus too although not everyone will need that capability. Although the video card didn't come with any free games, people do have the chance of getting some games and hardware free through promotions and giveaways at the Sapphire Select Club!
Price, like usual, will decide how well the Sapphire HD 5770 FleX will sell. In this case however, pricing will be more important since it doesn't have any free games to entice gamers as other 5770s do and thus wouldn't justify a price premium for an extra adapter. The consumers interested in Eyefinity are in a niche market where the 5970s or 5870s might be a wiser choice for most unless they are using Eyefinity for mainly office and light gaming work. The overclocking performance this card provided is well worth taking a look at for future upgrades!
- Overclocking capability
- Small size
- Quad-monitor Eyefinity capable
- Does not need DP to activate third monitor