XFX HD 5570 Reviewjlqrb - June 15, 2010
Category: Video Cards
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Entry-level graphics cards might not draw the same level of excitement as their high-end counterparts, but don't let that fool you. More mainstream products are sold day to day than the high-end gear, making these products very important to a companies bottom line. In fact, the most expensive and powerful graphics card in a series are used more for hype toward the rest of the line than they are to make a profit. Think about how many of us can spend $600 every time a new graphics series comes out. Honestly, not many people can. However, if that $600 card is the fastest around and can generates a lot of buzz, the chances are that the consumer will want to pick up a more mainstream offering from the same series.
The mainstream entry that we are going to be looking at today is the HD 5570 from XFX. The HD 55XX line sits between the HD 54XX and HD 56XX series and has performance that corresponds to its positioning in the market. Essentially, this means that you are not going to be doing any high resolution gaming with this card; however, it should be more than enough for gaming after the settings have been scaled back. For most users this is going to be plenty as there's actually only a small segment of the market that turns up their game settings to the max. Also, with an economy where more and more people are having to live on a tight budget, graphics cards such as the XFX HD 5570 are starting to look like a very good option to those of with higher a premium.
The XFX HD 5570 comes packaged in a small rectangular box that carries an industrial feel. This is a theme that XFX is using for the current ATI line-up and one that gives the box a nice eye catching look. Along with the nice look, there is also a good deal of information found on both the front and back panels. The front mainly deals with the model name and supported technologies, whereas the back goes into a detailed explanation of the graphics card and its features. Once you open the outer packaging, you are greeted with a plain white box that houses the graphics card and accessories. The HD 5570 is found on the top portion of the box and comes wrapped in an antistatic bag.
Entry-level graphics cards usually don't come packed with the accessories found with high-end cards and, as such, the HD5570 is true to form. What you do get is a drivers disk and a quick install guide for both the drivers and graphics card. Also included is a unique I.D. card. This card includes the GPU's Part Code, Serial number and a personal account code all in one convenient location. With this information being readily available the end-user will not have to remove the graphics card for their system to get the info need to send in a support ticket to XFX.
Next up, we're are going to take a closer look at the XFX HD 5570.