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Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate & HD 5550 OC Review

gotdamojo06    -   July 12, 2010
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Conclusion

If you are looking to upgrade the video card in your system, you may just want to check out Sapphire's new budget cards! They were both able to get some pretty impressive numbers for their lower price tag, which is always a win in my book. These cards were only able to be beaten out in a slim picking of the tests performed on them, which is quite impressive in the mainstream market. When it comes to the Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate, you are going to get a nice boost in performance over you aging card that most likely does not support Microsoft DirectX 11 or Shader Model 5.0.

You are going to get all of this with an attractive price tag of (when the review was written) $119.99. The added bonus of being able to overclock the card to a nice level that is not going to increase the power consumption nor the temperature of the card by much is going to give it a few more points in my book. You are also going to get some nice accessories inside of your box that is going to allow you to attach what ever kind of monitor you may have from the old VGA monitor all the way to the newer monitors with a DisplayPort cable. The Sapphire HD 5550 OC does come factory overclocked, which is going to give it more performance than a stock HD 5550 offered by many different manufacturers, but you are even still going to be able to overclock the card a little bit more, which is going to give you the maximum performance for your hard earned money. You are not going to be losing much if you decide to go with the HD 5550 OC over the HD 5670 Ultimate as far as features. You do still get your DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0 support, as well as the many different ways to hook up a display to your card including HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort. However you do lose the accessories such as a DVI to VGA dongle and the DVI to HDMI dongle.

If you are looking for a cheap upgrade to your system that is going to give you the latest in mainstream DirectX 11 cards, you are going to be looking at getting either an HD 5670 or HD 5550 and Sapphire has a great lineup when it comes to either of these models with their HD 5670 Ultimate and the HD 5550 OC. For the $20 difference between the two cards, I would put my money on the HD 5670 Ultimate, not only are you going to get better performance and a faster card, you are also going to be getting a few included accessories and a much higher overclocking headroom.

 

Pros:

  • Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate
    • Performance
    • Temperature (Relative)
    • Included Accessories
    • Overclocking
    • Price
    • DX11 & SM 5.0 Support
    • DisplayPort
  • Sapphire HD 5550 OC
    • Performance
    • Price (Relative)
    • Overclocking
    • Stock Overclocked
    • DX11 & SM 5.0 Support
    • DisplayPort

 

Cons:

  • Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate
    • Temperature
  • Sapphire HD 5550 OC
    • Included Accessories
    • Price (Comparative)
    • Temperatures (Comparative)



 

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