XFX HD 5570 Reviewjlqrb -
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The XFX HD 5570 comes as a full sized black PCB that uses a large single slot active cooling solution. Since XFX has decided to use a large PCB in place of the low-profile design, this graphics card will not be able to fit into a small form factor case. However, this is really only going to a drawback for the home theater market as the size shouldn't be an issue for most mainstream users. The connection type that is used on the XFX HD 5570 is the PCIe 2.1 standard, which is fully compatible with any PCIe x 16 slot. This makes the card fully backward compatible, so there is no need to worry if you use an older system or do know your PCIe bus type. Also, even though the board physically lacks any CrossFire connectors, it can still utilize the technology allowing the end-user to run two of these card together for added performance.
For connectivity XFX has included three video options on HD 5570. These consists of an HDMI port, DVI port, and a VGA port. The VGA and DVI port will give the user multiple means of connecting to their monitor and the HDMI port is perfect for HTPC users. Turning the card around, you can see that there is no additional power connector. This is due to the graphics cards low power requirement of less than 45W under full load.
The HD 5570 is built on the 40nm Redwood core with clock frequencies of 650MHz and comes with 1GB of DDR2 memory rated at 500MHz (1000MHz effectively). Other specifications also include 400 stream processors, a 128-bit interface, 16 ROPs, and support for DX11 and ATI stream technologies. There are eight memory chips found on the PCB; each chip is 128MB in size, for a total of 1024MB or 1GB . The memory on the XFX HD 5570 has the ATI logo with the model number 23BY2387SA02. This is the first DDR2 HD 5570 that I have used and, as such, I am interested to see how the performance is effected.
Next we're going to install the ATI Catalyst drivers by means of the included installation disc.