The Sapphire HD5670 is competitively marketed right now, with prices in the UK of around £85 inc vat. For such a small amount of money you get a card which runs significantly cooler than the reference design and is barely audible under the majority of situations.
While the 1GB GTS 250 generally outperforms the Sapphire HD5670 they are still around £10-£20 more and there is no DX11 support. We also recorded that the HD5670 was considerably more efficient under load which means less power consumption, lower temperatures and cooler running conditions.
While overclocking graphics solutions is very much hit and miss … meaning cards from the same batch will give varying results, our incredible findings with the review sample would make me feel that Sapphire could have applied a moderate overclock to make the deal even sweeter for a prospective customer. The headroom on both core and memory was as high as we have seen in our testing. With these massive overclocks the 5670 was more than a match for the GTS250 but the end user needs to have some experience with software overclocking which might omit a large portion of the audience.
If you are in the market for a low cost, high performing card with DX11 capabilities that doesn’t suck a lot of power and runs ‘cool n quiet’ then the Sapphire HD5670 is certainly a fine choice. Highly recommended.
KitGuru says: Once again Sapphire put the reference solution to shame.
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