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We don't generally spend much time exploring the world of entry-level graphics processors. It's not for a lack of interest, but out of a sense of propriety. For as long as we can remember, that market has been populated by the lame bastard children of more glorious designs—blessed with right components to make a truly great GPU, yet cursed with an insufficient number of them and condemned to disappoint.

Thus entry-level GPUs hobbled about the world, taking shelter in bargain bins and luring penny pinchers with double-digit price tags. "Only $49.99," the sticker on the box might say. "$39.99 after a mail-in rebate!" Some even attempted deception, bulking up with cheap, slow RAM, so that at a glance, uneducated shoppers might mistake them for better products capable of using up a large frame buffer.

Unfortunate souls who took pity upon these misshapen atrocities—or were fooled by them—often realized all too late that, far from being upgrades, entry-level cards only perpetuated the mediocre performance to which they'd grown accustomed. Silicon might heat up, and tiny cooling fans might race noisily, but games that should have been beautiful were warped into unsightly slide shows, like faded Polaroids of what they'd have looked like... if only you'd sprung for a faster card.

Is the wind of change blowing at last? It would seem so, thanks in no small part to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and their shockingly capable integrated graphics. With the performance floor set at a reasonable level for the first time in, well, forever, entry-level cards have a chance to shine. Or rather, they must, lest they be rendered irrelevant for good.

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160 SP's on 27w. I'm sold.
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Seems that the only real reason to buy the card is for a cheap multi-display upgrade.
Otherwise, buy the GT 430, or a more expensive card.
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160 SP's on 27w. I'm sold.

The HD5570 DDR3 model offers 400 SPs @ 43w, certainly worth the consumption premium IMO.

Not a bad card and a nice step up from the HD5450 though... I'd like to see it in the sub $50 range.
    
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It sure was great of them to include all of those HTPC tests! ... No but seriously, why is this being benchmarked with games? No one in their right mind is going to buy this for gaming. Can I at least know how it plays 1080p and Blu-ray?
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^^ this
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It sure was great of them to include all of those HTPC tests! ... No but seriously, why is this being benchmarked with games? No one in their right mind is going to buy this for gaming. Can I at least know how it plays 1080p and Blu-ray?

The game benchmarks were there to compare against the HD3000 IGP, I presume.
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Quiet release is quiet. I know they shipped these to OEM's a while ago, but I hadn't heard anything since then.

The most interesting part of the article for me was the power draw on Intel's HD 3000. It draws tons of power for little effect, relatively. Clearly shows that Intel still sucks at graphics.
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It sure was great of them to include all of those HTPC tests! ... No but seriously, why is this being benchmarked with games? No one in their right mind is going to buy this for gaming. Can I at least know how it plays 1080p and Blu-ray?

You would be surprised that some people buy these for gaming.

I for one did in the past
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