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.
Having recently purchased a new home computer and discovered the delights of running Windows 7 ultimate rather than the memory hungry Windows Vista I have been using for the last few years on my old PC I decided to improve the performance level of my new PC a little further by upgrading the graphics card. A few years back I used to play online games such as Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament a lot online. This would require you to have a decent gaming PC and more importantly a powerful graphics card. I remember my first being the Nvidia Geforce 3 Ti 500. I would later switch allegiance to the ATI Radeon and then back to the Nvidia Geforce range. I stopped online gaming around 2005 and lost touch with the associated technology.
Anyway I digress.
So with my new PC I decided to once more give gaming a try. The card that came with my new PC would not cut the mustard so I went in search of one that would. Despite being away from the scene for over five years little had changed in that it was still a choice between an Nvidia or an ATI graphics card. I've probably had more Nvidia cards than ATI ones over the years but for some reason I always get sound quality issues when running Nvidia cards which I was keen to avoid this time. I'm not a serious gamer and my PC is used 90% of the time for work so I wasn't about to spend a fortune on this purchase. Initially I wanted something that would be up to playing Fallout 3 and Borderlands since I no longer have my PS3 I wanted to play those games on my PC now.
I first looked at cards around the £65 mark but after a little reading it soon became apparent that spending an extra £40 would get me a huge performance increase. The card that gained all the praise and best reviews was the Radeon 5770. I had previously had good experience with the Sapphire brand of ATI cards so I chose their version at just over £100 from dabs. When it arrived the box contained the card which was far larger than I anticipated (it will take up two slots) plus the driver disc and instruction manual. Two leads were also supplied one power and one CrossFire lead. It should be noted that this card will need at the very least a 600W power supply for it to function. Installation was very easy to do and what struck me straight away was just how quiet this card is when running.
Even when fully loaded playing Fallout 3 the card would not make any noise and now it is my PSU fan that is the noisiest component in my PC. All in all I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend this card. Unlike cheaper cards the 5770 is designed as a DirectX 11 card. It is not for the serious gamer but for anyone else it makes a great purchase.
Sapphire RADEON HD 5770 Basic Specifications:
Clock Speed - 850 MHz
RAMDAC Clock Speed - 400 MHz
Video Memory - 1 GB
Technology - GDDR5 SDRAM 128-bit
Memory Clock Speed - 4.8 GHz
Features - ATI Stream Technology, ATI CrossFireX Technology
Max Resolution - 2560 x 1600 / 60 Hz
API Supported - DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2
Max Monitors Supported - 3
The xfx 5770 is classed as a budget graphics card because of the price. Some people go out and spend $500 on a graphics card i bought my xfx for only £112 brand new! and it is amazing it is easy to install providing you have a spare pci slot and will easily play any modern game on any setting you want to. I have been playing crysis on high using this card and other games like napoleon total war and grid on full. you will need at least a 600 watt power supply in order to run but it cimes wuth an intergrated fan and 1 gig of ddr5 ram if you do have the 600 watts needed to run it you will find that with careful monitoring you could run two of these on it. And as long as you have internal fans you will easily run any games that you wish.
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
i got this graphics card last month, and can i say what a card it is! It can run oblivion pc at 1024x768 with 4xaa and most settings on high, along with qarls texture pack 3 (a textures improvement mod) at about 50-60 fps!
I got mine for £149.99 In pc world, although i'm sure it can be got for cheaper online. it can also run portal at about 175 fps (vsync turned off).
it comes with a crossfire cable, a molex to 6pin psu adapter (uses only one molex plug) and a drivers/utilities cd. it overclocks well with amd's ati overdrive utility, although my 480w psu couldn't handle the overclocks other people online had made, resulting in my system crashing a lot. The basic requirements are a 450w psu and a free pci-e x16 slot. crossfire requires aty least a 650w psu and two free pci-e slots. If a good, mid range card is what you're after, then by all means go for this. if, however, you're a super graphics nut, go for the 58xx series cards.
The graphics card market is great. Wait two years and you can have what people paid top dollar for, for a fraction of the price.
Or at least that was how it used to be. With the ATI 5000 series now you get more functionality. The main, and most useful, advance being eyefinity. A system that allows your graphics card to 'trick' your computer into thinking that multiple monitors are actually one. Allowing you to span your desktop, or your games across two or more screens.
Bells and whistles aside, in raw performance terms this is roughly equivalent to the mid bracket of the older 4000 series cards, the ATI HD 4830 or 4850.
MW2 high detail run smooth 70 fps+ up to 1920x1080 with 4AA.
The ever consulted Crysis test, very high detail 1600x1050 No AA around 25fps (drop it down to high its 40fps+)
Add to that now lower power consumption with excellent numbers at idle means I can run this no problems off a Antec 380W power supply.
Overall Id say this is pretty much the perfect place to be. Not spending too much, not requiring masses of power or cooling. For the average user or the cash strapped enthusiast you cant go wrong with the ATI 5770.