XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB Review
Packaging & Initial Impressions
The XFX Radeon HD 5670 arrived in a compact and well decorated box. The front of the box sports the products name in large bold font and it's key features are listed as well. Inside you will find the graphics card in it's own plastic shroud and on the outside a driver disc and "easy install" manual. XFX also include a rather novel "DO NOT DISTURB" note for your door handle, which you may wish to use if your prerogative is private, intense and outrageously hardcore gaming behind closed doors...
The graphics card itself is a very compact solution with a length of just 17cm. In terms of it's physical dimensions, I would be led to believe that this graphics card could prove ideal for Home Theater PC/Compact PC solutions with the Mini ITX form factor.
At the rear of the graphics card, you will find three monitor outputs. DVI, HDMI and Displayport. If you wish to use an Analog VGA monitor, you will have to buy a DVI->VGA adapter as XFX does not include one in the package. Further, for those who wish to use three monitors at or above 1920x1200 and lack a Displayport input, you will need an Active Displayport Adapter. For lower resolutions, a standard Displayport adapter will suffice.
The heatsink is unsurprisingly very small and of single slot height. It covers the GPU Core and four of it's GDDR5 Memory IC's with it's copper base.
At this stage, I would gather that it's cooling solution is more than adequate, however I do have my reservations about the noise levels of it's low diameter fan.
In terms of installation, the procedure was trouble free. On our open testbench, the Radeon HD 5670's heatsink fan was audible but certainly not a pest.