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REVIEW / AMD Radeon HD 5570 1 GB

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Régis Jehl Published on March 3, 2010
Updated on March 3, 2010
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Chip Redwood
  • GPU frequency 650 MHz
  • Memory quantity 1 GB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory frequency 900 MHz
  • Cooler Single level
Another in the HD 5xxx series, what is the Radeon HD 5570 1 GB good for? An ideal model for your living room machine set up for films and occasional gaming?

Size, noise and heat generation


At just 16.8 cm, this is a very small card. It’s also a "low profile" card, which means it’s half the height of the standard card. This is practical when it comes to machines that only support this type of format.

The first nasty surprise comes with the cooling system. In contrast to the 5450, there’s a fan and it’s noisy. Even at idle, it’s very noisy and slightly high-pitched (45.1 dB(A)). In gaming, noise levels rise to 48.1 dB(A).

Low temperatures of 41°C at idle and 66°C in intense 3D activity make this even more of a shame. Why such a cooler?

Energy consumption

Users like to keep energy consumption on their living room computer down as low as possible. They’ll be pleased to learn that this model benefits from the excellent economy of the Radeon HD 5000 series. Our set up uses just 72W in total in idle. Given the processor we’re using, don’t expect to go much lower. In load, energy consumption goes up to 144W, also excellent.

Gaming performance

We tested this model at 1280x1024 and at 1680x1050 pixels and you’ll find all our readings in the face-off. Generally speaking, the 5570 is closer to the 5670 (between 30 and 40% down) than the 5450, which is quite a long way further down.

For all that, can you do any gaming with it? Not really. Occasional gaming on less demanding titles such as World of Goo or Sims 3 is ok. Though for Sims 3 you do apparently have to reduce some of the graphics settings to get sufficient fluidity. For titles that are visually more impressive and where rapid movement is required (combat/action) you’re not going to get much joy. unless you really lower your graphics settings. Otherwise you’re in for a jumpy ride. If you do play such titles, best to put in a touch more cash and go for a model up the range a bit.
The card at a glance
For our tests, we used a stock model supplied to us by ATI. The connectivity at the back of the card comprises an HDMI out, a DVI and a VGA. The fan cooling is noisy. Best not to go for models with the stock cooler then. Opt rather for a fanless solution.

Good for HTPCs

The Radeon HD 5570 can take some of the workload off a slow processor when viewing HD or Blu-ray films. This means you can go for a processor that’s more economical in terms of energy, often at the lower end in terms of performance (though not always).

Moreover, you can also send the audio signal through the HDMI out. This out also supports the PCM 7.1 signal and even HD formats like Dolby Digital True HD or DTS HD MA.

PROS

  • Low energy consumption
  • Small format
  • HD audio bitstream

CONS

  • Noisy fan
  • Not for gamers

CONCLUSION 2/5

We’re not quite sure who this model is pitched at. For office doc usage, go for the next model down. For gaming, you’ll need to move up the range.
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