PowerColor releases ATI Radeon 5700 cards, bundles DX11 game
10/12/2009 by: Theo Valich
Just as we previously announced, today is ATI Radeon HD 5700 series day. You can see that from all the reviews that are popping online and the magical number of press releases. Given that press release by TuL Corporation was the first official Radeon 5700 series document we've seen, we decided to do the story covering exactly that manufacturer.
The company launched two graphics cards, PCS HD5750 and PCS 5770. The most affordable 5700 board carries the name PCS HD5750 and features Juniper core with 720 cores clocked at 700 MHz [25 MHz slower than we expected] and 1GB of GDDR5 memory at 1.15 GHz QDR [Quad Data Rate, amounts to 4.6 GigaTransfers per second] for 73.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The card doesn't rely on AMD's reference cooler but rather on Arctic Cooling fan, which should result in a little better overclockability and quieter running.
The new mainstream king is Radeon HD 5770, or PCS HD5770, as PowerColor calls it. The board comes with AMD's reference cooling [which resembles cooler from 5800 series, only shrunk down], though. The Juniper GPU chip packs all 800 cores at 850 MHz, equaling the clock set by Radeon HD4890 and Radeon HD 5870 - it looks like it isn't hard to predict what AMD clocking strategy is, with the majority of products floating in the same clock range for three generations now [3870, 4870 and now 5870 and 5770]. 1GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1.2 GHz clock i.e. 4.8 GT/s - enough for 76.8 GB/s of bandwidth.
The boards don't come with a DiRT 2 game [unlike Radeon HD 5850 and 5870], unfortunately - hence forget the repeat of Half Life 2 bundling deals with mainstream Radeons as well. But this doesn't mean you won't get a DirectX 11 game which you can play today, not in December of 2009. The game in question is Electronic Arts' BattleForge, free-to-play MMO title with DirectX 11 effects.
The boards are available now, even though TuL representatives didn't reply on our question considering allocation of the boards in question ‑ after a very limited availability of 5850 and 5870 boards, odds are the shortage situation could repeat itself with 5700 series. If you want to grab one of these affordable boards, better make it while there are quantities on the market. Don't tell us we haven't informed you.
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