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VisionTek Killer HD 5770 Combo Graphics-Network Card Review

Rating: 8.5.

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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