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-€150 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 1GB card, which comes based on reference design and runs at reference clocks, but comes priced at €98.
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. 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 UVD 2.2 and 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 at resolution 1280x1024. XFX HD 5670 1GB card is one of the few HD 5670 that comes with CrossFire connectors and you can use it to boost your gaming performance. As you could’ve seen for yourself in our tests, HD 5670 1GB CrossFire is capable of playable frame-rates at 1920x1200.
XFX HD 5670 1GB comes with single-slot cooling which, unlike dual-slot HD 5670, makes it a great candidate for HTPC cases. Unfortunately, the fan didn’t quite meet our requirements in idle mode. It’s far from being loud but HTPC users who keep their PC in the living room find the slightest noise pretty annoying. Good thing about it though is that you can use ATI Catalyst driver to make it completely silent.
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 bunle, and all that at about €98. If you’re looking for a single-slot HTPC card or simply an affordable multimedia DirectX 11 card, then XFX HD 5670 1GB is one choice you have to consider.