Axle Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB Review 27

Axle Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB Review

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Introduction

Axle Logo


Last year AMD released their new Radeon HD 5800 Series of graphics cards which quickly became a big success due to the numerous improvements made over previous generations. Over the course of the last months AMD has completed their DirectX 11 lineup quickly, the Radeon HD 5670 was unveiled on Jan 14. It is based on AMD's Redwood graphics processor which is made in a 40 nm process at TSMC Taiwan.
HD 5670 cards can be found around a $100 price point, which is a tough market that is crowded with other cards like the GeForce GT 240, 9600 GT and 9800 GT. AMD's own products here are HD 4770, HD 4830 and HD 4850.

AXLE, who is one of the few companies to make both NVIDIA and ATI cards, has designed a HD 5670 that uses a custom PCB design and own cooling solution. One major product highlight is certainly the 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, which is twice that of the reference design which comes only with 512 MB. Another interesting aspect is the cooler, which uses a fan by Arctic Cooling who provide low-noise, high-performance coolers.

Radeon
HD 4670
GeForce
GT 240
GeForce
9600 GT
Axle Radeon
HD 5670
GeForce
9800 GT
Shader Units 3209664400112
ROPs8816816
GPURV730GT215G94RedwoodG92
Transistors512M727M505M 627M754M
Memory Size512 MB512 MB /
1024 MB
512 MB 512 MB512 MB
Memory Bus Width 128 bit128 bit256 bit 128 bit256 bit
Core Clock750 MHz550 MHz650 MHz 775 MHz600 MHz
Memory Clock1000 MHz1700 MHz /
1000 MHz
900 MHz 1000 MHz900 MHz
Price$67$90$80$119$90

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back

Axle's red package clearly conveys the message "ATI". All the important product specs and highlights are listed on the front, the Arctic Cooling badge is also easily noticeable.

Contents



You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Driver CD + Documentation
  • PCI-Express power cable

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

Axle uses a custom designed PCB and a cooling solution from Arctic Cooling on their HD 5670.

Graphics Card Height

The card requires two slots in your system, normal by today's standards.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has one DVI port, an analog VGA output and an HDMI port. This is a reasonable output configuration for a card in this performance segment, because some users may still have an old VGA monitor. The HDMI interface includes a 7.1 channel audio signal that is generated by an HD audio device integrated in the GPU. Unlike NVIDIA cards which limit you to two active outputs at the same time, you may use all three outputs at the same time on ATI's latest cards.


You may add a second HD 5670 to run in CrossFire for better image quality or performance.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

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