Product Type: Sapphire graphic cards
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Excellent mid-range card
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
Member Name: wonkybox
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
Advantages: Reasonably priced and reliable
Disadvantages: Incompatible with some Asus motherboards - fixed by newer drivers
I've had my 5770 for over two years and it has seen heavy daily use. It was about £120 back then, I imagine the price has dropped since then.
I've been plugging it into my rig using one of the two HDMI inputs available into a single monitor. You can run multiple monitors on this card although I haven't tried this.
Original drivers were a problem with my Asus motherboard - the screen would freeze with artifacts flickering around at regular random intervals. This was a known driver issue with some Asus motherboards in 2009 but has been fixed now. The only drawback with Radeon cards is the drivers - sometimes stability is sacrificed for performance.
The 5770 performs fantastically well even with standard settings - I've been playing the latest games at maximum graphics level, and have also been using Photoshop and performing the odd render with Blender, Cinema 4D and Artlantis. The card maintains a good FPS score throughout at large resolutions- even when grappling with something like the notoriously resource-hungry Cryengine.
The ATI control panel is installed alongside the driver and provides a good area for testing display capabilities - different AA types for instance - there's a few limitations with antialiasing on the 5770 - it can manage 8x AA on most games. Using the preview windows you can quickly and easily adjust the options to get optimal graphic performance.
You also use this GUI for managing your drivers, I may be doing something wrong but I've been trying to update my drivers recently and it never successfully completes the installation. It's still displaying everything properly though. I attribute this to ATI drivers again.
Physically the 5770 is massive - you won't fit it in a slimline tower. It has two aluminium heat sinks down the side, and having experimented in the beginning with overclocking it seems to hold its own.
This is a great video card which is probably quite affordable these days.
Summary: Well worth the cost