Feeds
60%
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5750

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 DirectX 11 GPUs

DX11 gaming on the cheap?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The performance of the 5750 is lower than that of the 5770 to the tune of 20-25 per cent which is a big step down for a relatively small reduction in price. On the face of it, the 5750 misses the mark and we'd recommend the 5770 to any gamer on a budget that won’t stretch to a £199 5850.

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770

Better for casual gamers than serious players?

This is only part of the story because we saw something rather interesting when we added Nvidia GTX 260, GTX 280 and GTX 285 cards to the mix. The performance of the mainstream GTX 260 is essentially identical to the 5770, which has forced Nvidia to drop the price of the 260 to £125. The GTX 280 has been replaced by the GTX 285, which can be bought for £219. But even at this reduced price, it struggles to comprehensively demolish the 5770, which is much cheaper. More worryingly for Nvidia, the 280 gets trashed by the slightly cheaper 5850.

We have previously run 3DMark Vantage on an Asus Matrix GTX 285 using the same Core i7 system and this £289 graphics card was beaten hollow by the £299 5870 and also by the £199 5850. Our view is that you'll struggle to play the imminent crop of DX11 games at high image quality settings on the 5750, and the 5770 isn’t much better. We blame the 128-bit memory controller for this failing as the 4890 is significantly better. If we could have the power saving features of the 5750/5770 combined with the performance of 4890 we would be happy.

As things stand, we can't recommend the 5770 to serious gamers - we suggest the more expensive 5850 instead.

Verdict

The Radeon HD 5770 comes close to being a superb graphics card, but AMD has throttled its performance. We suspect that the company is trying to segment the market to leave Nvidia without a leg to stand on and in that respect it has succeeded. Unfortunately, it hasn’t delivered the mid-range graphics card that caters to gamers on a modest budget. ®

More Graphics Card Reviews...


AMD Radeon
HD 5870 and
HD 5850

Sapphire
HD 4890
Vapor-X

AMD Radeon
HD 4770

Zotac GeForce
GTX 275
AMP!

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

60%
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5750

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 DirectX 11 GPUs

Cheap, but not cheap enough to justify the performance dip from the 5770.
Price: £110 RRP
70%
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 DirectX 11 GPUs

Throttled performance limits this otherwise ideal mid-range gaming graphics card.
Price: £132 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.