VisionTek Killer HD 5770 Combo Graphics-Network Card Review

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Today we are going to be looking at a hybrid graphics/network card, featuring an amalgamation of technology from AMD and Bigfoot Networks. This card from VisionTek combines a 1GB HD5770 with a KillerNic 2100 to offer lower ping times with decent mainstream gaming performance.

Focusing on high end graphics solutions is fun, after all everyone loves to marvel at cutting edge hardware churning out ludicrous frame rates. At the end of the day however, this market brings in such a small amount of revenue for AMD or nVidia. The real money is earned much lower down.

We always liked AMD’s HD5770, sure it wasn’t a gaming tour de force, but it could generate reasonable frame rates at HD resolutions without breaking the bank. Additionally, the hardware ran cool, required very little power at the socket and with the help of third party coolers, didn’t generate much noise.

While this particular card we are looking at today isn’t being officially sold in retail stores in the United Kingdom it can be brought in via import. Our North American readers can purchase it from stores such as Frys, Best Buy, Comp USA and Walmart for around $195.

Specifications

  • Powered by Radeon™ HD5770
  • Powered by Bigfoot Killer™ E2100
  • 1GB GDDR5 memory
  • 400MHz NPU
  • Compliant with DirectX® 11 and earlier revisions
  • Supports OpenGL 3.1
  • ATI Avivo™ HD video and display technology1
  • Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay™ technology7
  • PCI Express® 2.0 support
  • Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps

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VisionTek Killer HD 5770 Combo Graphics-Network Card Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Frank

    Thats a pretty good product, especially if you need a new gfx and your onboard lan is crap (like mine). I have a HD5770 already and I like it, I only game at weekends and ive found its fine, even with the newer engines on my tv.

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  • Tim

    Nice product, I like the cooler design, its rather funky looking. HD5770 is a good card, slightly overshadowed by the 460, although with the recent price drops to under 100 quid, its one of the finest value products on the market.

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  • Josh

    How would I get this into the UK: wouldnt customs be costly?

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  • Simon

    Finally a good review of this. no one else reviewed it ! Dont know how you guys do it being a Uk site, but kudos!

    I want a replacement for my 5450 and I need a good lan card, been waiting for this for ages. just ordered it of newegg as it was 15 bucks less than Dells page which I had my eye on for a month.

    thanks!

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  • Francis

    Yeah I saw Dell are selling this for $205 in the states. 15 bucks less on newegg, which is great.

    Didnt powercolor do something similar? im sure its available in UK ?

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  • Tech Head

    HD5770 was a great board, its a bit long in the tooth now, although after seeing this one, I can see visiontek are offering something a little different, which is very cool. Like it.

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  • kOrn

    They need to offer the Killer nic on something like a 6950 or 6870,.

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  • Rapid Clanmeister

    I bought one of these for WOW and its transformed my clan games. love it.

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  • Seth

    Any ideas if they plan to bring this out in any other of their range? I like the idea, but the 5770 wont do what I need.

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  • Frugger

    Great idea, id love to try the Killer NIC myself, but id be downgrading my card. and I dont fancy another slot gone for the dedicated card.

    6970 and 6950 please chaps :) Wonder why sapphier or XFX dont do it.

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  • anon

    hello kitguru,

    question, when if your GTX560 review going to come up? Also could you compare it to the EvGA FTW 460 or OC a GTX460 to those levels.

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