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jmke 14th January 2010 06:44

Official ATI Radon HD 5670 Reviews Released
With the performance and price of the 5670, AMD has put themselves in to an interesting position, with some good things and some bad things coming from it.


From a product perspective, AMD has placed the 5670 against NVIDIA’s GT 240, and completely dominates the card at every last performance metric. Although the 8800 GT did a good job of already nullifying the GT 240, the 5670 finishes the job. In a product comparison it’s faster, cooler, and more future-proof since it supports DX11. NVIDIA can’t and in fact isn’t going to maintain the $99 price point with the GT 240, and as of this writing the average GT 240 price is closer to $80, effectively regulating it to another price bracket altogether. Ultimately this can’t be good for NVIDIA, since the Redwood GPU is smaller (and hence cheaper) to produce than the GT215 GPU at the heart of the GT 240.

The 5670 is a good enough replacement for the 9800 GT in that respect, plus it has support for DX11, Eyefinity, and 3D Blu-Ray when that launches later this year.

Then we have the 4850. The 4850 won’t last forever (at some point AMD will EOL it), but we can currently find a pair of them on just Newegg for $99. In our existing games, the 4850 wins and it wins a lot. While the 5670 clearly beats a GT 240 and is good enough for a 9800 GT, I can’t make a performance case against the 4850. The 4850 has more of everything, and that means it’s a much more capable card with today’s games.

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jmke 14th January 2010 10:37

Sign me up for on HD 5450, inside a small HTPC, low profile, passively cooled, HDMI out, with audio passthrough

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