It was surprising to see the numbers the HD 5570 put out when compared to the HD 5450. The low profile nature of the card and decision to go GDDR3 over GDDR5 really gave us the feeling that the card would be a overpowered office card rather than something that could game.
Looking at the numbers, though, it's clear that looks can be deceiving. Across the board we see good performance numbers from the model. Now, while you're not going to be gaming at 1680 x 1050 on any new games minus the exception that is Batman AA, you're going to be able to play at 1280 x 1024.
On the topic of the age of games, if you're into older games then this model is a good option. You really shouldn't have a problem playing some good classics at 1680 x 1050, even if you do have to drop the detail.
Let's have a look at what we're dealing with here. You're talking about a model that will have an RRP of $79 - $85US, it offers support for Eyefinity and gaming on the model isn't crap. I love this card, and I love it because it's better than what I thought it would be.
Games like Sims 3, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead and Batman AA are just a few of the games that this card would be great at when playing at lower resolutions. If you've got one of those pre-built, low profile machines that isn't able to play games these days, this is a fantastic option.
The HD 5570 is ultimately a wolf in sheep's clothing. You're not going to be playing the latest games at 1680 x 1050, you're not going to be playing games across three 24" monitors, but you are going to get some great performance at 1280 x 1024 with newer games or 1680 x 1050 with older games.
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