ATI Radeon HD5670
Published: 14th January 2010 | Source: ATI | Price: $99 / £60 rrp |
Before we take a closer look at the new ATI HD5670, it's important to let you know that the card is so brand spanking new that it was sent to us without any retail packaging, therefore we can only present the card naked, as nature intended.
The most obvious thing that you notice straight away, is the lack of external power. Not only is this a boon for those of us who dislike trying to route the copious power-cables that are a necessary part of high-end cards, but it also greatly reduces the power consumption and therefore the PSU needed. Less power = less cost. Another feather in the cap of the 5670, clearly knowing its target market is either on a budget, or wants a slim HTPC and not some 1kw behemoth.
Secondly, that's a very small cooler indeed. Hopefully it's small for TDP reasons and not for budgetary ones. We'll discover soon enough.
Turning the card over we can see how bare the back is. We've got so used to seeing immense support braces and solder crammed into every available space that it is a refreshing change to see something with just the right amount of stuff.
Moving to the input part, the first surprise occurs. The 5670 we were sent for testing prior to the lifting of the NDA comes with a DVI, Full Size Display Port and HDMI outputs. The official ATI photographs as used at the top of todays article shows a DVI, HDMI and VGA port. Curious, but of the two naturally a Full Size Display Port is way more useful and so it's good to see the ones in the wild come with that.
Finally to complete the laying bare of the HD5670, here it is sans cooler. Anyone who has read previous graphics card reviews we've done on this site will know how often a cooler gets removed and a veritable cornucopia of chips and things appear. Further demonstration of the purity of this card is how little is revealed once the cooler is removed.
Time to put this in our test rig for today and spank it until it begs for mercy.