Sapphire HD5770 Crossfire Review


Sapphire HD5770      Crossfire


Wow. That almost left us breathless.

Back at the start we wondered if the speed to which the community latched on to the performance that a HD4770 Crossfire setup had, would ATI deliberately detune the HD5770 so that the HD5870 still was the weapon of choice for extreme framerates.

Clearly, and comprehensively, they didn't.

Sapphire have produced a card that gave us enough headroom for a 110MHz core and 200MHz GDDR5 overclock. Probably the most surprising aspect is that the little HD5770 easily kept up with its bigger brothers even in standard trim. Once they were run in an overclocked state it sprang into the lead and, barring one test, never relinquished it.

Given the relative performance levels of the £350 HD5870 and £250 HD5850 in our HD5000 series roundup, we expected that two HD5770s, costing around £250 for the pair, would give us around HD5850 performance or maybe a little more. How foolish preconceptions can appear in hindsight.

So at the start we set out to see if a good value choice was still a HD5850 or if a pair of HD5770s in Crossfire could soothe your gaming ache without upsetting your significant other. And the answer has to be neither. HD5770s in Crossfire aren't merely a good value choice, they are a great performance choice regardless of budget.

Sure if you've won the lottery, are the Chairmen of a bank or maybe even Bernie Ecclestone then for bleeding edge performance you still have to splash the cash on a couple of HD5870s.

For us mere mortals we can get 5870 performance, for 5850 money. And that definitely is good value, in the best meaning of the term and for this reason we have no qualms about giving it our Editors Choice award.

Editors    Choice    

Many thanks to Sapphire for providing the HD5770s for todays review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

29-03-2010, 10:17:50

you mentioned the driver cd being used. Was it the 10.3 ATI CrossFireX Application Profiles if not it would be useful to know what effect this has across the boards.Quote

29-03-2010, 10:26:57

It was 10.2 dude 10.3 has only just been released.Quote

29-03-2010, 11:06:22

cheers, was wondering. just put spanner in works was intending to buy 5870 but not too sure now, not a lot of money and seems more bang for buck on crossfire. just never used crossfire.Quote

29-03-2010, 18:25:16

Lol this really makes me question my judgement. Was really thinking about a 5870 but this definitely makes me think twice about it if I can save £100 and get comparable performance if I do a bit of overclocking...

If funds weren't too much of an issue would it still be recommended to go with a 5870 instead?Quote

29-03-2010, 18:57:21

If funds aren't an issue and you enjoy the thought of upgrading in the future, then yes a 5870 would be a wise purchase.

If you plan on purchasing a setup and sticking with it until some future release, go 5770.Quote

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