Date: February 8th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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So what do you exactly get for US$79 when you purchase this HD5570 mainstream videocard.
Sapphire supplied the usual driver CD with case sticker, a basic user's manual along with a full version of ArcSoft SimHD for IM. For only US$80, you can't expect much more. the hardware kit includes two connection plates that allow you take off the full size plate and attach the VGA connection to another 1/2 version which is common when your PC is installed in a Mini-ITX Case.
And last out of the box is the videocard itself. As you see, this is not a full size videocard and its compact size is targeted towards smaller form factor and home theater PCs. Everything about this card has been compacted in order to make it as small as possible.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around Sapphire's Reference version of ATI's HD5570.
The small active cooler is completely silent and does a good job at keeping the low wattage output Redwood Pro VPU under 55c during full benchmarking. I can see why they went with an active cooler seeing I wouldn't trust this card with the passive type unless you have a lot of airflow through your small case. But seeing most people that will be using this card want something silent, higher case airflow is probably not going to happen seeing in most cases if you increase the airflow, you increase the overall noise output.
The back of the card is simple and unobstructed so it will be an easy install in a small case. You can also see four of the eight 128meg DDR3 chips which are onboard with this model. But overall there isn't much to see here.
Last but not least in this section is the main connection panel. You have three choices which consist of a DVI, one VGA and one HDMI video connection. If the VGA connection is not needed and you are installing this into a Mini-ITX case, you can remove this backplate and unplug the VGA connection from the main card and just go with the two other digital connections.