Date: August 3rd, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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So what do you exactly get for ~US$115 when you purchase Asus' EAH5670 mainstream videocard.
Asus supplied the usual driver and manual CD and a quick setup guide. No additional hardware was included with this product in order to keep costs down.
And at last you have Asus' version of the Radeon HD 5670. Overall it is your standard HD 5670 with a large heatsink directly cooling the VPU. Asus claims this fan is dust proof and should last ~25% longer than most videocard cooling fans on the market. Even so, a good blow out with a can of compressed air would be a good thing to do at least once a year. If you have pets and/or are a smoker, you should be doing it every three months or so.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around Asus' 1Gb DDR5 version of the ATI Radeon HD 5670.
First off we start at this videocard's VPU. Asus' use of the 40nm manufactured Redwood core is stock clocked at 775Mhz core, 1000Mhz DDR5 memory which is bandwidth capable of 64.0Gb/sec memory transfer which is pretty standard for mainstream DDR5 graphics cards. This coupled with the VPU's 400 unified shaders is capable of 12.4GPixels/sec (HD 5570: 10.4GPixels/sec) and 31.0 GTexels/s (HD 5570: 26.0 GTexels/s) while drawing 225 watts during maximum load and 150watts at idle.
Asus' large active aluminum cooler is more than adequate to keep the Redwood core stable and cool even when overclocked and only reaches 59c during full load using FurMark's stability testing software. Although Asus claims this fan is dustproof and required less maintenance, it definitely isn't the quietest cooler I have tested and is detectable even at 39% fan speed at idle while installed in an open testbed. Of course when the card is installed in a case the noise level should be much less noticeable.
I am in no way saying that this is a noisy videocard, but HTPC and silent PC builders should take note.