Sapphire HD 5770 and 5750 Reviewccokeman - October 13, 2009
Category: Video Cards
Price: Hd 5770 $159.99, HD 5750 $129.99
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ATI had just dropped a bomb on the boys in green with the release of the HD 5870 that usurped the single GPU performance crown that nVidia has had a stranglehold on for the last few years and the company has now quickly followed up with the Juniper based HD 5770 and HD 5750 to fill a gap in the price/performance wars. The latest cards form Sapphire are DirectX 11 ready, support Windows 7 and are built on a 40nm fabrication process to both reduce costs and provide lower energy consumption. The HD 5770 features exactly half the stream processors (800), texture units (40) and ROPs(16) that its big brother, the HD 5870, carries into battle. The HD 5750 is built much the same way but the card itself has half the parts of the HD 5850. So just where will these cards fall when it comes time to start fraggin zombies or beginning the move to using your GPU as a computing tool? Based on the specifications, the HD 5770 and HD 5750 should offer up either half the performance of the HD 5870 and HD 5850, respectively. Let's hop to it and find out!
Both the Sapphire HD 5770 and 5750 continue the packaging theme that we first saw with the HD 5870 just a few short weeks ago. Both feature a different rendition of "Ruby," each with a slightly different look. The same goes for the background but much is similar in the features advertised on the front panel. The 5700 series from Sapphire feature Eyefinity support, onboard HDMI and DisplyPort connectivity, are DX 11 ready, ATI stream Technology to harness the power of the GPU in parallel computing tasks, and of course the cards are both CrossfireX capable. Each card comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Both the 5770 and 5750 come with a digital download key for the game Dirt 2, a DirectX 11 title. The rear panel goes into detail on the attributes of the features listed on the front panel. At the bottom of each box is a bit of information that shows that Sapphire is doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint using recyclable materials for the packaging.
Both the 5770 and 5750 come packaged identically, Each box carries a small recyclable icon on the bottom left to promote that fact. Popping the boxes open you have the cards stored in a formed cardboard tray with the accessories in a separate compartment, with the documentation and driver disc on top of the bubble wrapped cards. For reference, the HD 5770 is on the left with the 5750 on the right.
The bundle of accessories allows you to get the most out of the Sapphire HD 5770 and 5750. Both cards come with a manual, driver disc, digital download key for Dirt 2, a CrossfireX bridge connetor, DVI to D-sub adapter and a 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapter. Where the bundle differs is the inclusion of the ArcSoft SimHD software to make use of the Stream computing capability of the ATI GPU.
Time to pull the cards from their wrappers to see what Sapphire has in store for the public with the HD 5770 and 5750!