Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate & HD 5550 OC Review

gotdamojo06 - 2010-06-30 18:08:09 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: July 12, 2010
Price: HD5670 Ultimate - $119.99 | HD5550 OC - $99.99

Introduction:  

Are you looking for a new video card for your system? If you're looking for something that's going to be able to play just about all the games out there; but maximum settings are not a requirement, you may just be in luck with two of the newest budget cards from Sapphire. They have just released their HD 5670 Ultimate and the HD 5550 overclocked cards. These cards use ATI's new GPUs to allow for DX11 gaming which is what these cards are designed to allow you to do. It is always a constant battle between all of the mainstream budget cards, so I am very curious to see exactly how these cards will stack up against the competition in their class.

 

Closer Look:  

The packaging for the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate is completely white, giving the product a very elegant overall look before you even open it up. The top left hand corner is where you are going to find the Sapphire logo printed and as you move over to the right hand corner, you will see the ArcSoft SimHD plugin tag as well as the 1GB GDDR5 tag. There is an image of a warrior woman who also happens to be wearing white and light gray clothes wielding a sward go give you the impression that the HD 5670 Ultimate is ready for battle against the other cards. Along the bottom of the package is where you are going to find a few more badges to let you know some of the main specifications and features that the card has such as ATI Eyefinity Multi-Display, Onboard DisplayPort and HDMI, CrossFireX Ready and ATI STREAM GPU Processing; you are also going to find the Microsoft DirectX 11, PCI Express 2.1, and Superfast memory tags. When you take a look at the back of the package, you will find the gamer face with a pair of headphones or earmuffs on, with the tag ling under it saying "Silent Passive Cooling...." letting you know that the card is going to be 100% silent as it has no fans installed on the heatsink. You are also going to find a bunch of badges on the back such as Microsoft DirectX 11, ATI Eyefinity Multi-Display, ATI CrossFireX, Advanced Memory, HDMI with Audio Support, Shader Model 5, and ATI Stream Technology which we will get into later when we look at all the specifications and features of the card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Overclocked Edition has the exact opposite packaging look than the HD 5670 did as it is colored completely black. There is an image of a woman on the front of the HD 5550 OC package as well, however she has a pistol in her hand that has a laser sight for a more stealthy battle against the other cards in her class. You are still going to see the Sapphire logo printed at the top left hand corner and have the 512 GDDR5 badge in the upper right hand corner to let you know what kind of memory is used on the card, and when you take a look at the bottom of the front, you are going to still see a list of badges such as ATI Eyefinity, Onboard DisplayPort and DVI, CrossFireX Ready, and ATI STREAM GPU Processing as well as the Microsoft DirectX 11, PCI Express 2.1, and Superfast Memory tags under the badges. When you look at the back of the package, you are going to see even more badges that we will go over in the specifications and features of the card and give you a nice description of each, however you are also going to see the ATI Eyefinity badge on the back of the HD 5550 OC package with an image of what it looks like with three large displays.

 

 

When you open up the package for the Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate , you are going to see a brown box that has everything tucked away inside of it; this is going to include two CDs, the user manual, a few accessories, and of course the Sapphire HD 5670 as well. The two discs that are packaged with the card are the Driver Installation disc as well as the SimHD Plugin for IM applications. The SimHD Plugin is going to give you near HD video over your instant messaging client that you choose to use. There are a few accessories that are included inside the package, you are going to get a CrossFireX bridge just in case you wanted to increase your performance and add a second card to your setup, you are also going to find two dongles, one is going to go from DVI to analog, while the other is going to go from DVI to HDMI.

 

 

After opening the package for the Sapphire HD 5550, you are going to see a very similar brow box as you would with the HD 5670, however you are only going to get the user manual as well as the HD 5550 itself included. All of the drivers can be downloaded from Sapphire's or ATI's website and reduces the amount of wasted discs and helps the company be more green.

 

 

Both the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate and the HD 5550 OC are wrapped up in a bubble bag that has the anti-static properties to help not only keep it from being physically damaged during transportation, but also to help prevent any type of static shock when you first open up the package or even during the shipping process. Pulling them out of the bags, you can see a big difference between the two cards, the HD 5670 Ultimate has no active cooling solution installed on it, meaning that is going to have to have a very large heatsink to help battle the heat problem. The HD 5550 OC has the small Arctic Cooling heatsink/fan setup attached to the GPU to help prevent any overheating issues that may occur during normal operation of the card.

 

 

Now that we know how the cards are packaged, it's time to take a nice and close look at the cards themselves and see how they are put together. 

Closer Look: Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate 

Taking a look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate, you are going to notice that there is no fan anywhere to be found on the card's cooling system, it is comprised completely of a heatsink. The large heatsink that covers almost the entire front of the card has two heatpipes that go from the heatsink base to the array of heatsink fins positioned above the card. The PCB of the card is a nice bright blue color that gives it unique look. There are no additional power adapters on the card, meaning that the power that it is going to get from the PCI-E 2.1 port is going to be enough to power the 40nm core and the rest of the card. When you take a look at the PCI bracket, you will see that you have three different ways to connect a display, you can use either the DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort connections. The Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate also does support EyeFinity, meaning you can connect three displays to the card and play games with all three monitors being used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I mentioned above, the card does use the PCI-E 2.1 slot on your motherboard to not only grab all the power that it is going to need to run but also to transfer all of the data between the motherboard. The HD 5670 Ultimate also does have two CrossFireX connectors at the top of the card by the PCI bracket, these are going to be used to connect two cards together so that they can work together to produce the maximum peformance.

 

 

When you take the large heatsink off of the card, you are left with a naked blue HD 5670 Ultimate, you will see the four Samsung memory chips on the front (there are four more on the back) as well as the GPU itself. The Samsung K4G10325FE HC05 GDDR5 memory chips are clocked at 1000MHz, and with a bus width of 128bit, you are looking at a total of 60.0GB/s bandwidth. The Redwood core on the HD 5670 Ultimate is clocked all the way up to 775 MHz and is built on the 40nm technology for lower power consumption.

 

 

All of the heatpipes on the large sized heatsink that comes on the Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate meet up at the copper base that is positioned atop of the GPU to help pull the heat off of it to keep the rest of the card cool, the heatpipes take the heat to above the card where there is a large array of fins to dissipate the heat off into the rest of the case by the case fans that are already blowing the air out of the case. Placed on top of the fins, there is a nice Sapphire logo so that you will always know who's card you have in your system, the heatpipes that go into the fin array are positioned with a little bit of a gap and are not directly parallel to each other to help the heat move to a different place in array.

 

 

Now that we know how the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate is designed, it's time to take a look at the HD 5550 OC then off to the specifications of each.

Closer Look: Sapphire HD 5550 OC 

At first glace of the Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 OC, you are going to notice a card that looks run-of-the-mill, you are going to get a heatsink/fan setup that is colored black that covers just the GPU and memory chips that are installed on the card. The PCB of the HD 5550 OC is a bright blue color just like its big brother, the HD5670. The card connects to your motherboard using a PCI-E 2.1 connection that is going to give the card all of the power that it is going to need to power it. The card does come with some nice connection features such as being able to connect to a monitor or display device using either the onboard DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort connectors that are on the PCI bracket. You also can see that the card is very basic as far as other features such as no CrossFireX connectors at the top of the card, no extra power adapter located at the back, and no large heatsink that covers the entire card to give it a massive cooler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you strip the cooler off of the card, you are going to be left with a bare blue PCB board that has a GPU located toward the middle of the card, you are also going to see four Samsung K4G10325FE HC05 memory chips positioned around the GPU that come clocked in at 1000MHz with a 128 bit Bus, giving you a memory bandwidth of 64.0GB/s. The Redwood core on the HD 5670 Ultimate is clocked all the way up to 650 MHz and is built on the 40nm technology for lower power consumption.

 

 

The heatsink/fan setup that comes installed on the Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 OC is very simplistic and reminds me of the old AMD stock heatsink/fans for their older XP chips. You get a nice large base that rests atop of the GPU but it does sit just above the memory chips located around the GPU to allow for a little extra cooling to them. The decent sized fan atop the heatsink is going to help blow all the heat generated by the card off into the chassis and on out into the room using the case fans.

 

 

Now we know exactly how both the cards are designed and how all of it is put together, it's time to take a look at the specifications for both of them.

Specifications:

GPU Code Name
Redwood
Die Size
104 mm2
Process
40 nm
ROPs
16
Shaders
400 Unified
Microsoft® DirectX® Support 
11
Shader Model Support
5.0
Pixel Fillrate 12.4 GPixel/s
Texture Fillrate
31.0 GTexel/s
Memory Type
GDDR5
Bus Width
128 Bit
Memory Size
1024 MB
Bandwidth
60.0 GB/s
GPU Clock
775 MHz
Memory Clock
1000MHz

 

 

 

 

Features:

 

All information courtesy of Sapphire @ http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/?lid=1

Specifications:

GPU Code Name
Redwood
Die Size
104 mm2
Process
40 nm
ROPs
16
Shaders
320 Unified
Microsoft® DirectX® Support 
11
Shader Model Support
5.0
Pixel Fillrate 10.4 GPixel/s
Texture Fillrate
20.8 GTexel/s
Memory Type
GDDR5
Bus Width
128 Bit
Memory Size
512 MB
Bandwidth
64.0 GB/s
GPU Clock
650 MHz
Memory Clock
1000MHz

 

Features:


All information courtesy of Sapphire @ http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/?lid=1

Testing:

Testing on both the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate and the HD 5550 OC is done the same way as any other graphics card, once through stock speeds with Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Crysis Warhead, Call of Duty Modern Warefare 2, Darkest of Days, Bioshock 2, Just Cause 2, Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, 3DMark 06 Professional, and 3DMark Vantage. MSI Kombuster and Afterburner are used to measure the temperature at load and idle. All of these are then ran again after overclocking to a stable speed. Since this card falls into the low end tier, we use low settings so that performance may be more tolerable than forcing full quality settings on low end cards that were intended for mid and high end cards.

 

 

Comparison Cards:

 

Overclocking: 

Overclocking the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate was quite simple, all that I needed to do was open up MSI Afterburner and begin to raise the GPU clock until it became unstable, which I could not go any higher than 850MHz on the GPU. The memory was also just as easy to overclock, I was able to raise it all the way up to 1050MHz. After a 10MHz raise on the GPU clocks, I would run a 15 minute stress test using MSI's Kombuster to check for stability at a 100% GPU usage, it if became unstable and crashed, I would back down to the most recent stable speed and begin with the memory clocks.

 

 

 

 

The Sapphire Radeon HD5550 OC overclocking was very similar to the overclocking process of the HD5670, I would raise the clock speeds by 10MHz starting with the GPU until it became unstable then move onto the memory clocks. I was able to get the GPU all the way up to 780MHz before the core became unstable. Once I reached the maximum GPU clock, I moved to the memory, which was able to get all the way up to the same speed as the HD5670's memory as they both have the exact same memory modules, 1050MHz was the highest I could go.

 

 

 

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each card has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using MSI's Kombuster utility. So far my testing has shown that higher clock speeds may be stable in games where GPU usage does not reach 100%, but will crash within a few minutes using this utility. The reported clock speeds are those that proved stable over a 15 minute test at 1920x1200 8x AA.

 

 

  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  5. Darkest of Days
  6. Bioshock 2
  7. Just Cause 2
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  10. Resident Evil 5
  11. 3DMark 06 Professional
  12. 3DMark Vantage
  1. Temperature

Testing:

Featuring a new game engine named Dunia, this game looks to be another one to stress your video card. Built especially for Far Cry 2, this engine allows for real time effects and damage. This next generation First Person Shooter comes to us from Ubisoft surprisingly - not from Crytek. The game is set in a war-torn region of Africa where there is a non-existent central government and the chaos that surrounds this type of social environment. If you have seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know the setting. Ubisoft puts the main storyline of the game into focus with these statements: "Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfill your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force." In this version of the game, you don't have the beautiful water, but instead the beauty and harshness of the African continent to contend with. Most games give you a set area that can be played through, while Ubisoft has given the gamer the equivalent of 50km2 of the vast African continent to explore while in pursuit of your goals. The settings used are just a few steps below the maximum in-game settings and offer a good blend of performance vs. visual quality.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

The Sapphire HD 5670 was able to stomp all of the cards in all of the testing, however the HD 5550 had a little bit of trouble in the lower resolutions at stock speeds.

Testing:

Part first-person shooter, part survival horror, Metro 2033 is based on the novel of the same name, written by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. You play as Artyom in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, where you'll spend most of your time traversing the metro system, with occasional trips to the surface. Despite the dark atmosphere and bleak future for mankind, the visuals are anything but bleak. Powered by the 4A Engine, with support for DirectX 11, NVIDIA PhysX and NVIDIA 3D Vision, the tunnels are extremely varied - in your travels, you'll come across human outposts, bandit settlements, and even half-eaten corpses. Ensuring you feel all the tension, there is no map and no health meter. Get lost without enough gas mask filters and adrenaline shots, and you may soon wind up as one of those half-eaten corpses - chewed up by some horrifying manner of irradiated beast that hides in the shadows, just waiting for some hapless soul to wander by.

 

Settings:

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

This benchmark was brutal on the cards, however the Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate and HD 5550 OC were able to come out on top, not by much but #1 is #1.

Testing:

Crysis Warhead is a standalone expansion pack situated in time with the story line of the original Crysis. As Sergeant "Psycho" Sykes, you have a secret mission to accomplish on the far side of the island. Along the way there are EMP blasts and aliens to contend with, as you hunt down the KPA chief. This game uses an enhanced version of the CryEngine 2.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

Crysis Warhead was another one of the benchmarks that was able to prove the strength of both the Sapphire cards, neither of them had anyone breathing down their necks.

Testing:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the latest iteration of the venerable first-person shooter series, Call of Duty. Despite its long, successful pedigree, the game is not without substantial criticism and controversy, especially on the PC. Aside from the extremely short campaign and lack of innovation, the PC version's reception was also marred by its lack of support for user-run dedicated servers, which means no user-created maps, no mods, and no customized game modes. You're also limited to 18-player matches instead of the 64-player matches that were possible in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Despite all this, the game has been well received and the in-house IW 4.0 engine renders the maps in gorgeous detail, making it a perfect candidate for OCC benchmarking. You start off the single player missions playing as Private Allen and jump right into a serious firefight. This is the point where testing will begin. Testing will be done using actual game play with FPS measured by Fraps.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

The Sapphire HD 5550 OC had a little bit of trouble taking second place, however it was still able to beat out all the other cards with the exception of the Sapphire HD 5670.

Testing:

What would testing be if you did not show both sides of the fence? In this test, PhysX was set to low, while leaving the remaining settings intact. You have seen time and again where the ATI cards suffer when PhysX is enabled. Mirror's Edge and Cryostasis are two prime examples. Darkest of Days is no different. What happens in this test shows that, although the game can be played by cards from the red team, the video effects and quality are diminished.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

Both of the Sapphire cards in this review had a little bit of a problem keeping up with some of the other cards, they were still playable at the settings used, however were not able to beat out all the cards.

Testing:

BioShock 2 is the sequel to a game that won more than 50 game of the year awards and sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide. Though a first-person shooter at its core, BioShock 2 blends that with RPG elements and drops you into an environment like no other - the underwater dystopian city of Rapture. Set approximately ten years after the events of the original, BioShock 2 allows the player to be one of the most iconic video game characters of recent years, a Big Daddy. Powered by the Unreal Engine 2.5 and featuring Havok Physics, BioShock 2 also adds multiplayer to the mix, filling in the one hole prevalent in the first game. There are seven different multiplayer game modes that take place in 1959, before the events of the original BioShock.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

 

In the Bioshock 2 benchmark, both of the Sapphire cards were able to beat every single card they were put up against, at both stock and overclocked speeds.

Testing:

Just Cause 2 is a third-person shooter that takes place on the fictional island of Panau in Southeast Asia. In this sequel to 2006's Just Cause, you return as Agent Rico Rodriguez to overthrow an evil dictator and confront your former boss. When you don't feel like following the main storyline, you're free to roam the island, pulling off crazy stunts and causing massive destruction in your wake, all beautifully rendered by the Avalanche Engine 2.0. In the end, that's what the game basically boils down to; crazy stunts and blowing things up. In fact, blowing things up and wreaking havoc is actually necessary to unlock new missions and items.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

Just Cause 2 is a game that demands quite a bit out of a card, neither of the cards would be ideal for playing this game, however are a better choice than any of the comparision cards.

Testing:

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1 is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on the Unigine engine. What sets the Heaven Benchmark apart is the addition of hardware tessellation, available in three modes; Moderate, Normal and Extreme. Although tessellation requires a video card with DirectX 11 support and Windows Vista/7, the Heaven Benchmark also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and OpenGL. Visually, it features beautiful floating islands that contain a tiny village and extremely detailed architecture.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

Once again, both of the Sapphire cards were able to pull ahead of the competition, this isnt saying much when the highest average score was 35 FPS from the overclocked Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate at 1280 x 1024.

Testing:

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a new game that brings together two bitter foes, The Joker and Batman. The Joker Has taken over Arkham Asylum, Gotham's home for the criminally insane. Your task is to rein the Joker back in and restore order. This game makes use of PhysX technology to create a rich environment for you to ply your trade.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

The in game benchmark that comes with Batman, you are going to see that both of the Sapphire cards can handle this game with lowered settings. It may not look as nice, but you are still going to be able to play the game and get some good FPS.

Testing:

Resident Evil 5 is the sequel to one of the best selling video games of all time. You play the game as Chris Redfield a survivor of the events at Raccoon City who now works for the BSAA. Sent to Africa to find the genesis of the latest Bio Organic agents you meet up with another BSAA operative and work together to solve the problem. The game offers incredible 3D effects and a co-op gaming style.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

You are going to get a pretty smooth gameplay with either of the Sapphire cards in Resident Evil 5, and they are the best choice out of the cards that were compared.

Testing:

3DMark06 is one of the benchmarks that always comes up when a bragging contest has begun. 3DMark06 presents a severe test for many of today's hardware components. Let's see how this setup fares. The settings we will use are listed below.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

You can see the overall performance of your system with the Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate or HD 5550 OC added to your system over any other of the cards, however you are not going to be able to break any world records with these cards.

Testing:

Featuring all-new game tests, the 3DMark Vantage benchmark is for use with Vista based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. 'Entry' is 1024x768 progressing to 'Extreme' at 1920x1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing. For our testing, I will use the four presets at all default settings.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

If you were to add either one of the Sapphire cards to your system, you will see a nice overall performance increase no matter what your resolution is set to, which is the whole point of an upgrade isn't it?

Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using MSI Kombuster, which is paired with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using the stability test set to a resolution of 1920 x 1200 using 8xAA. I will use a fifteen minute time frame to run the test ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the first test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario. The idle test will be a twenty minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower = Better

 

While both of these cards are the hottest in the lineup, you are also going to see that they both were able to reach higher clock speeds than any of the other cards. For the HD 5670 Ultimate that has passive cooling, only being a few degrees hotter than the other cards is pretty impressive.

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:

 

Cons: