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With Intel's Sandy Bridge imminent release...ATI's 6900 series...socket 1155 motherboards, Nvidia's GTX570 and GTX580 already released...the 5770 reminds us....

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


- BigCactus HIS 5770 ready to destroy all games.

That's because of it's current $99 price tag at newegg[http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-338-_-Product] . The 5770 debuted as the best bang for buck card back in October 13, 2009 at around $159 MSRP if you recall(actually prices rose initially upwards to $190 or $200). Many "enthusiasts" may consider this a low end card, but in fact it truly is mid-range considering it's performance, and probably one of the most revolutionary video cards because it essentially gives enthusiast-like performance at mainstream pricing in a lot of today's games on a single monitor. And I'm talking 60fps smooth.

Now these cards can be typically found at $109 AR these days. The HIS 5770 can actually be found for $99 AR at newegg with a couple of cherries on top. Want more ? There is also a Sapphire version that is also going for a mere $99 AR at newegg. On amazon, these 5770s can be had for as low as $109 AR, and you get the feeling that the prices can only get lower too - when we see rebates for video cards, there usually is a price drop just around the corner, or is this just holiday pricing?

What makes this price amazing is that when you look back, the performance of the 5770 exceeds the performance of an enthusiast level card, the 8800 ultra which cost about $550 just a few years ago. 8800 ultra sli had cost $1100, which can be easily beaten by 5770CF for $200! And last time I checked, the 8800 ultra does not have dx11, hdmi outputs, etc. In fact, the HIS 5770 for $109 AR can actually run four monitors, with one hdmi out, display port, and two DVI outputs!


- BigCactus 2nd HIS 5770 to destroy some more games.


Mad? ?

No reason to be mad, that is the way of tech. And when tech moves fast enough, the consumers get a great product at a lot lower pricing. With the lowered pricing of the 5770 to $100-110 AR or so, it remains at the forefront of cost to performance, or thee bang for buck card to buy. It is certainly schooling it's competition, the GTX460 768mb. Why? Because it has more vram, and compared to the GTX460 1GB it is priced far better. But let's fore go the red tide versus green machine debate.

The 5770 also tips the scales in it's favor when we start talking about power consumption and heat. It only requires about a 450 watt power supply and of course, produces less heat. Just like when we talk about the $1 per fps value, in performance per watt, the 5770 still destroys it's competition to this day!

As a matter of fact, many people in these forums find this card to perform admirably in the majority of the games they play at 1080p with AA/AF with all the settings high. But lets not kid ourselves, sometimes you will have to dial a setting or two here on a lot more demanding games(crysis, metro) to get smoother gameplay. A lot of times, the game looks just as good with a couple of settings lowered to medium.

The future of the 5770 is good until the Next Gen Console Release which will be in two years time or so.


In an age where Consoles are the cash cows and the PC is merely supplemental income for these game developers in the big scheme of things, games will continue to run great on the 5770. This does not mean the higher end cards are not necessary. When the next gen consoles come out you will see that more demanding games will require those $300 current gen cards for better performance. So those $300-$500 Cards(GTX570, GTX580, Radeon 6950/6970) are actually a means of future proofing. If you are running multi-monitor setups then you pretty much have to buy into the $300-$500 range to get a smooth experience. Generally I do not recommend the ultra high end approach(gtx580 and above), as they drop in price very fast(about $100-200 or more in a matter of 6 months time). 6950 however unlocked to 6970 is a lot more reasonable and smarter when going for ultra high end system for multi-monitor type resolutions.

- BigCactus(Article Writer of this article you are now reading, hugs sign to follow. )
    
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Long live the 5770, and what a brilliant article to represent such an amazing card! Nice work BigCactus.
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this card should be in the next-gen consoles, IMO.
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I still love my 5770
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I can honestly say I dont miss my crossfire 5770's.



They felt cheaply made compared to my 570. This feels like a tank. lol.
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your post explains why i purchased this card back in March. 2 more months of price drops and Im going CF.
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Quote:
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your post explains why i purchased this card back in March. 2 more months of price drops and Im going CF.
I doubt it will drop much lower. However, most of them should be at $100 without rebates by then.
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your post explains why i purchased this card back in March. 2 more months of price drops and Im going CF.
QFT! Yeah baby...Drop 'Em!!
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Man, seeing this I might just have to buy 2 for crossfire
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Good article, but 2 things wrong.

You said it can have 4 monitors. That's wrong, you can't have more than 2 on the dvi/dvi/hdmi. It's a physical limitation. But you can have 3, and that still beats Nvidia.

Two, you said it beats the 460 768mb because of VRAM. While this will help with 1080p or higher, the 5770 will start to choke sooned because it only has a 128-bit memory bus, compared to the 460 768's 192-bit memory bus.

460 (768mb) > 5770 > 450 > 5750
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