Crysis: Warhead

The loss of memory bandwidth becomes immediately apparent in Crysis, where the 5570 underperforms the full 5670 by around 30%. This moves 1280 from being a fully playable resolution to a borderline playable resolution, and will be a common thread when comparing these cards.

On the other hand the 5570 is nearly 3x faster than the 5450, which just goes to show you what another $25 will buy you in terms of performance over such a bottom-tier card.

For the competition, the cards to watch out for will be the Radeon 4670, the GeForce GT 240, and the GeForce 9600GT, all of which are priced similar if not lower, and outperform the 5570.

The Test Far Cry 2


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  • vlado08 - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    Please give us comparison with intel HD graphics and also Ion in video post processing. Can we change gamma in intel drivers? Can we select different interlacing? Can we select the output RGB or YUV, 0-255 or 16-235? In some articles here on Anandtech you point intel HD as an perfect HTPC graphics? But is it really? Reply
  • Moizy - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    I forgot that you included those screen shots of the 210 and the 220 doing the "cheese slices" test in the 5450 article. Thanks for pointing that out. I downloaded those screen-shots as well. Very useful for comparison.

    It's kind of irritating that they (AMD and nVidia) can't get the HTPC thing fully right unless you spend $100 and get a card that has a bunch of 3D capabilities that aren't needed if you just want to enjoy HD. I wonder, though, if half of the 5570's video-quality issues are driver-related and not hardware-related. As far as I know, the 4670 can handle all of the video-quality stuff, and 5570 seems very comparable hardware-wise.
  • mariush - Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - link

    We wouldnt need these 100$ cards just to run a movie well if the crap that INTERLACING is would have been removed from the HD standard.

    Almost all the performace problems are caused by the need to deinterlace content. With progressive content, these cards don't have issues.
  • Slaimus - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    The card really should be clocked at ~500Mhz with lower voltage, and maybe even 80 disabled SPs. All of that power wasting rendering ability is mostly idling while waiting for memory. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    Agreed. Although that could become a HD5550. Reply
  • wolrah - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    Why do we still have VGA ports on these things? Those still using old-ass monitors can use an adapter off the DVI-I port that pretty much every video card includes for free. Give me DVI-I Dual Link, HDMI, and DisplayPort. VGA is dead and can be adapted with no downsides from other ports, there is no reason to keep putting that useless port there. Reply
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    Spoken like someone who doesn't understand how every penny needs to be scrimped with the miniscule margins on these parts, especially given DVI royalties. Reply
  • MadMan007 - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    You couldn't take a metal tool to the Sapphire heatsink to find out what material it is? I doubt it's actual 'paint' it's probably anodizing on aluminum which should be easy to scrape through. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    I actually tried scraping through it, but I don't exactly have the right tool for the task. At any rate, Sapphire tells me it's Aluminum. Reply
  • shiggz - Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - link

    Any idea if this card can handle MPCHC "sharpen complex 2" without stuttering on 720p files? Reply

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