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Sapphire Radeon HD5670 Video Card Review


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Introduction


One thing about desktop computers that you don't get with anything else is the ability to upgrade it.  Some OEM systems limit what you can change but most allow you to add hard drives, memory and swap out video cards without too much trouble.  These simple upgrades give your computer new life by increasing storage, speed, and enjoyment.  In the case of a home-built computer you have more options in front of you down to replacing every little component as often as you want.

Of course all of this upgrading costs money and for some people upgrading computers is a struggle between getting good performance and features with a minimum of expense.  In this review we will be looking at a brand new card from Sapphire called the HD5670.  As the name suggests the card is based on the ATI Radeon HD 5670 GPU and supports many of the features found in 5000 including Eyefinity and Crossfire.
Card Features and Specifications
Microsoft  DirectX 11 Support
ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays.
ATI Stream technology
Microsoft Windows 7 Support
ATI CrossFireX Technology
Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering
Accelerated Video Transcoding
Display Flexibility
HDMI 1.3
PCI Express 2.1 support
Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master AudioTM Support
ATI Avivo Technology Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2)
Supports OpenGL 3.2

40nm Process Technology
Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
128-bit memory interface with 64Gb/s of bandwidth
775MHz Core / 1000MHz Memory (4000MHz effective)
Dual slot form factor
As you can imagine this is the 5000 series upgrade to the popular HD4670 that we also reviewed.  The question is, does it offer more than a blue PCB and aluminum GPU cooler?

Let's take a look
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