Gigabyte HD 5670 1GB review

By on August 16, 2010
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Easy on the pocket, easy on the frames.

Price: AED
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

We’re so often lost in high-end graphic cards at the t-break offices that the one time we do receive a budget card it comes as a pleasant surprise, especially if the performance is half decent.

Today we will look at Gigabyte’s HD 5670 graphics card supporting a cool 1GB GDDR5 memory, coming in at a factory overclocked core speed of 790MHz (up 15MHz from 775MHz!). Beyond the measly overclock, the card comes with a decent Zalman heatsink with Samsung memory chips and thankfully no power connectors.

The back slot packs DVI, VGA and HDMI (1.3a) ports. Accompanying the CrossFire capable card is a manual and a driver CD in the box. That’s not a whole lot, but at AED 515 ($ 122) I’m not one to argue the lack of extra fluff.

As usual, our testbed comprises of an Intel 965 EE Quadcore CPU @ 3.2GHz with 3GB Corsair DDR3-1333 RAM on the Gigabyte X58A-UD9 motherboard. ATI’s latest driver, Catalyst 10.7 was used for testing the Gigabyte HD 5670 1GB.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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  • Kart

    lazy review ….. No OC testing …… you made a poor assumption that low/mid range cards arnt OC'ed by their owners … when in fact these are the card that prob get OC'ed more often to get that little extra out ….. LAZY

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      You made the poor assumption that I exclude mid-range cards from any overclocking potential, which you will know to be incorrect had you read the ASUS GTX 460 review posted recently.

      What you perceive to be “laziness”, I see as a simple waste of time and effort. Providing a full-fledged overclocking benchmark on this low-end card adds no perceived added value. If somebody is enthusiastic about overclocking, this is definitely not the card for them.

      Still, if you REALLY want to know the overclocking results, add another 3 to 5 fps to each of the benchmarks. That literally is as far as it goes.

    • john hestras

      kiss my @ss

  • Antony

    Thank you very much Hafeez for this review. Ignore Kart’s comments calling this review lazy. He obviously does not know how hard it is to get reviews on budget graphics such as this one from gigabyte. Very high quality images, WOW. Keep up the good work. I do have a question though; How much is an AMD Athlon II X4 640 & Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5? I plan to buy these for my next build. Thanks.

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