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Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1GB Review

As always Sapphire use a fantasy style computer created woman which will be immediately familiar to previous customers … they really do seem to like their woman pretty and capable of kicking ass.

The bundle contains the SimHD plugin – for the excellent ArcSoft Total Theater application as well as documentation, Crossfire cable and other standardised connectors. SimHD incidentally uses “ArcSoft’s in-house upscaling technology, which simply brings most standard-definition video to near high-definition quality” (not really quite that good, but it works reasonably well most of the time).

Sapphire have worked with Arctic Cooling with this model and it takes centerstage when you look at the board. The PCB is compact in design and due to reduced thermal power requirement there is no need for an all encompassing cooler. It measures 169mm x 110mm x 33mm and weighs only 279g.

No external power connector is required which makes it ideal for a media center and if gaming is reasonably important to you without using much power then the card fully supports Crossfire to help boost the framerates. Sapphire recommend a 400W power supply for a single card or 475W for Crossfire configurations.

Sapphires HD5670 is clocked at 1,000mhz (4,000mhz effective) memory with the core at 775mhz.

The Sapphire card features full connectivity with HDMI, Dual Link DVI and Displayport. We have seen many of the 512mb models on the market replacing Displayport with VGA so this is worth a mention. The Sapphire version on test today supports 3 monitor setups for Eyefinity and they offer a 2 year warranty with support in the first year direct from the dealer.

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