Date: March 16th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: HIS Digital
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around HIS's Reference version of ATI's HD5770.
First off we start at this videocard's VPU. HIS's use of the 40nm manufactured Redwood XT core is complimented with a stock clock of 775Mhz core and 1150Mhz DDR5 memory. The core has 400 stream processors and 20 texture units and is capable of a peak memory bandwidth of 64Gb/sec which is getting a little lean when compared to the HD5750's 73.8Gb/sec. But at only 61 watts of power draw at full load, it is a lot easier on the power bill than the 86watt draw from the HD5750.
As mentioned earlier, HIS uses its basic IceQ cooler for this particular card. It is their basic cooler but it is still much better than the stock reference version. The only thing that would be nice is if it cooled the DDR5 ram modules as well.
The back of the card is simple and unobstructed so that it won't interfere with any motherboard northbridge cooling solutions. Just keep in mind that you will need two slots to install this card and allow it to cool properly.
Last but not least in this section is the main connection panel. You have three choices which consist of a DVI, one Analog and one HDMI video connection. There is also the videocard's exhaust vent which thankfully is full size so getting rid of the warm air shouldn't be a problem. This fan does pump a lot of air through this cooler and its heat will not be a contributing factor to internal case temperatures.