Tuesday, June 1st 2010

PowerColor HD 5770 Evolution Pairs with Any Other Card

The second creation from PowerColor that caught our eye is their HD 5770 Evolution, a graphics card with a Lucid Hydra Engine chip on board, which allows it to be paired with any other ATI or NVIDIA graphics card. The Lucid Hydra engine drives the graphics subsystem with whatever resources that are available to it. Apart from this unique feature, the HD 5770 is fairly standard, with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 GPU, reference clock speeds, and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. Its display connectivity includes one each of DVI-D, DisplayPort and HDMI.
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42 Comments on PowerColor HD 5770 Evolution Pairs with Any Other Card

#1
ObSo-1337
So i can run this and my 4890 in crossfire mode and still play dx11 games? I don't really understand how well this will work
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#2
SeanG
I was wondering by paired with ati or nvidia,do they mean you can run this crossfire or sli?
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#3
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Technically you would be running this in Hydra Multi GPU. This card is interesting, run it alongside the 4870 since they are close to equal in power. I wonder how well it would perform alongside a GTX260 and with having PhysX enabled.

I like it!

EDIT:

Yeah I am just assuming it would work best if paired with card with equal or near equal performance.
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#4
TRIPTEX_CAN
MOAR details needed.

Official Request - would appreciate it if W1zz can test and review this card when available!
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#5
SeanG
I was wondering more if I paired this with my 260 could I run games in directx 11?
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#6
TRIPTEX_CAN
SeanG said:
I was wondering more if I paired this with my 260 could I run games in directx 11?
I have the feeling this card will only be able to run the DX version based on lowest common denominator. So Dx10 for you..
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#7
NdMk2o1o
SeanG said:
I was wondering more if I paired this with my 260 could I run games in directx 11?
No, as the way the chips work is that one gpu renders on half of the frame and the other gpu the other half, so you will be limited by the 260's dx 10 capabilities
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#8
SeanG
NdMk2o1o said:
No, as the way the chips work is that one gpu renders on half of the frame and the other gpu the other half, so you will be limited by the 260's dx 10 capabilities
Well if thats the case then this card is kind of useless.
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#9
NdMk2o1o
SeanG said:
Well if thats the case then this card is kind of useless.
why is it? you can run ati and nvidia in some weird kind of hybrid sli/CF, how is it going to magically turn a dx10 card into a dx11 one?
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#10
TRIPTEX_CAN
SeanG said:
Well if thats the case then this card is kind of useless.
How so? You could run it with a GTX465 and get physx and multi GPU boost. Basically it's just useless for you.
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#11
I see SPY!
This is a very interesting idea. Remains to be seen how well the Hydra chip does the scaling with more gpu's, but it's nice to see that someone is trying something different ;)
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#12
AlienIsGOD
Interesting card nonetheless...I can see many different combinations with this card, although I wonder what the price will be.... WOOT Post 500 :toast:
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#13
wahdangun
dam it's cool if it can CF with my onboard GPU(HD 3200) so my IGP won't be useless

wizz must review this card, you must wizzz !!!!!!


@SeanG : maybe u can use it with your GTX 260 when playing DX 10 game and btw DX 11 won't really matter right now, so when DX 11 became mainstream u can just sell your GTX 260 and buy what ever card that support DX 11 but you still can pair it with this card and still have performance boost


Bah, i hope power color can use more powerful GPU like HD 5870 or even HD 5970
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#14
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
I'm thinking of something that bit my curiosity. The question I have is the Hydra chip on the card limited to only one additional card?

So let's say one already has a GTX260 and a 5770. Originally attempting to purchase a 2nd 5770 for CrossfireX, but instead purchasing this card. Would the purchase of this card allow a 3-way multi gpu configuration?

Also, I am just assuming that it also installs additional drivers for the Hydra chip. So does that mean one can purchase this card, disable the 5770 portion of the card but use the hydra chip?
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#15
Imsochobo
wahdangun said:
dam it's cool if it can CF with my onboard GPU(HD 3200) so my IGP won't be useless

wizz must review this card, you must wizzz !!!!!!


@SeanG : maybe u can use it with your GTX 260 when playing DX 10 game and btw DX 11 won't really matter right now, so when DX 11 became mainstream u can just sell your GTX 260 and buy what ever card that support DX 11 but you still can pair it with this card and still have performance boost


Bah, i hope power color can use more powerful GPU like HD 5870 or even HD 5970
ehm, this is in fact a interesting thing, i have HD3300, and well if it gave me 5 % boost, i'd do it, but well.
Then they've probably figured out the majical shared memory.
They havnt probably.
Igp is still useless.
and hybrid multigpu with 512mb/1024 mb still is useless.
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#16
mdbrotha03
Some of you are mentioning crossfire and SLI. With this card there is no SLI or Crossfire, its hydra
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#18
tigger
I'm the only one
Not bad,could pair it with a 4870 till you can buy afford a second one. I'm assuming it would work in dx11 with two of these.
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#20
NdMk2o1o
HossHuge said:
Report: NVIDIA Plans to Block Lucid’s Hydra Chip

Does the sun ever shine in Nvidia land?
Thats old news, I remember that being posted some months back.

Also with whats just happened with Physx I wouldnt be surprised if Nvidia take a different stance now with all the bad publicity floating round about them.
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#21
I see SPY!
JrRacinFan said:
I'm thinking of something that bit my curiosity. The question I have is the Hydra chip on the card limited to only one additional card?

So let's say one already has a GTX260 and a 5770. Originally attempting to purchase a 2nd 5770 for CrossfireX, but instead purchasing this card. Would the purchase of this card allow a 3-way multi gpu configuration?

Also, I am just assuming that it also installs additional drivers for the Hydra chip. So does that mean one can purchase this card, disable the 5770 portion of the card but use the hydra chip?
I'd assume that having this card will be no different from having a hydra-motherboard.

And why it took so long to implement an idea like this has surprised me, actually: why couldn't they put the hydra chip in a pci/pci-e card and sell it, allowing anyone with a spare slot to mix cards? I thought it just was technically impossible, but this proves that they can do it so... I'm waiting for my 30-50€ pci-e 1x hydra card :rockout:
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#22
Mussels
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dont forget the main advantage of hydra... memory is added together, unlike SLI or crossfire.
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#23
Imsochobo
Mussels said:
dont forget the main advantage of hydra... memory is added together, unlike SLI or crossfire.
woot, prolly igp and 5770 may work together then :O
AMD buy them and complete the multigpu design you got!

AMD is struggeling with shared memory for gpu's, or that they add.
both cannot amd do, when they can do that, they can decrease the power usage of the for example 5970 alot.

Doesnt seem so bad this tech after all!
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#25
GSG-9
An interesting little card.
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