Product Type: Sapphire graphic cards
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Blistering Bang -for-Buck
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
Member Name: GrayWizard
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
Advantages: Flawless performance, low noise and thermal output
I had bought this card from PC World for an extortionate price but the prices now have settled down for what is truly the best mid range bang for buck graphics card out in the market.
I have been using my card for roughly six months and what a delight it has been. First of all I was really impressed with the ultra low temperatures both under load and idling.
The card was installed on my gaming rigg which previously housed a Sapphire 4850. The 4850 usually idled at 79 degrees and whilst gaming would reach a schorching 110+ - I have even had the odd reboots because of that in the past.
This is a stark contrast to the 5770 which with Windows 7 Aero idles at an astonishing 35 degrees in the same case. Not only that but under full load it manages to subdue the temperatures to 80 degrees or below.
It runs the latest FPS games with ease and I have been primarly playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2. It handles both games beautifully and has extra oomph if overclocking is required - the default profile has a clock speed of 850mhz and memory running at 1200mhz. My monitors resolution I should add is 1920x1080 pixels and even then the graphics card performs flawlessly - framerates are always high and easy on the eye.
You would think that with all the performance and low temperatures that the fan would be blaringly loud, but you would be mistaken. The fan runs at 40% even on full load and remains as silent as passivly cooled cards.
I have always been an Nvidia fan for their low temperature, low noise graphics cards but ATi and Sapphires 5770 has definitely won me over. The graphics are crystal clear as you would expect from a mid range card. The colours are vivid and it supports dual HDMI and DVI as well as multiple monitors.
It truly blows away the Nvidia products in the same price range. Must have for any gaming enthusiast.
Low temperatures on load and idle
Summary: Remarkable graphics performance for a a remarkable price!
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