Radeon HD 5670 was announced on 14th of January and was at the time the most affordable DirectX 11-supporting graphics card. If you’re looking for an affordable DirectX 11 graphics card, know that the situation hasn’t changed much as Nvidia’s sub-€250 DirectX 11 offer is nowhere to be seen. AMD made sure that its offer is nicely filled out and is now reaping the rewards, as the aforementioned price segment packs a really nice offer. XFX sent us its HD 5670 card, which comes based on reference design and runs at reference clocks, but comes priced at only €96.
The HD 5670 offer is pretty rich with nonreference models, which almost all run on reference clocks – just like our XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 model. These cards are usually pretty attractive as they come with nonreference cooling and we’ve seen that there are at least ten different models. Note that XFX’s HD 5670 cooling isn’t quite inaudible, but it’s still far from being loud.
We must say that XFX really seems to really know how to treat its customers as the company offers Aliens vs. Predator with every purchased cards, and to top it off – certain e-tailers add Dirt 2 in for a good measure. This means that you get two excellent treats which will make sure you go for instant, out-of-the-box gaming. We found the first AvP + Dirt2 bundle here.
The reference cooling on XFX’s card isn’t inaudible when in AUTO mode, but it isn’t loud either. We manually set it to 34% RPM which rendered it really quiet without sacrificing temperatures too much.
|Fan speed idle [%]
|53% - Auto mode||41°|
|34% - manual mode||43°|
|Fan speed load [%]
|69% - Auto mode||69°|
|34% - manual mode||77°|
XFX HD 5670 comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and features dual-link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outs, which will come in handy in those three-display configurations. Apart from ATI Eyefinity support, HTPC users will really like the integrated audio device with HDMI 1.3a support, which includes Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio for up to 7.1 channel configurations.
Talking about gaming, you should know that the HD 5670 will allow for pleasant gaming of newer titles at 1280x1024 or, depending on your graphics settings, at 1680x1050. Stay tuned as we’ll follow up with a full review soon.