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HIS Radeon HD 5550 and HD 5570 GDDR5 Video Cards (Page 18)

By Shawn Baker from Aug 26, 2010 @ 0:48 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: HIS

Final Thoughts


Since the HIS HD 5550 GDDR5 carried with it the same clocks as the reference card we looked at recently, there's not much to talk about with its performance being just as you would expect; not great on a whole, but fairly strong for the price.


Where the HIS version of the card differs from the reference one is the cooler which of course is a silent one. It does a good job of keeping the card temperature at a bearable level without any noise which is always a positive. The worst thing about the cooler is that it's a dual slot one, but so is the reference cooler, so we can't pick on it so much.


The HD 5550 GDDR5 from HIS performed as we expected it to. The good news is that HIS decided to be a bit more aggressive on the pricing and while $8 cheaper might not sound much, at $71.99 it equates to being 10% cheaper compared to the reference model. This overall helps push the value of the card up slightly.


The HD 5570 GDDR5 on the other hand is a different card. When you look at the TPR graph and compare it to the HD 5570 OC GDDR3 GIGABYTE model we looked at a bit back, you can see just how much faster the model is.


On a whole its performance is quite strong. Again, considering it carries with it a price tag under $100, it's certainly impressive. The cooler is the same as the HD 5550 as we mentioned and while the card is faster overall, it doesn't run any hotter than the HD 5550 which is good news.


Compared to the reference HD 5550 which carried with it a $79.99 price tag, there's just no way you wouldn't spend the extra $10 and buy this model. Compared to the HIS HD 5550 which comes in a bit cheaper, the gap is larger. We would recommend that if you could stretch yourself the extra $20, buy the HD 5570. If your budget is set and you can't go higher, the HD 5550 GDDR5 isn't a bad buy; the HD 5570 GDDR5 is just a better one.


Overall the inclusion of GDDR5 is a big one when it comes to performance, especially when you look at the HD 5570. You can see that the gain is quite significant over the GDDR3 GIGABYTE version we looked at which out of the box was overclocked on the core.


At the end of it all I still get this feeling that we're only looking at GDDR5 models of these lower end cards because ATI want to remind us they still exist, as there's no denying that recent months have been dominated by the green team. That aside, though, we've got two good looking models from HIS. There's no denying that the HD 5570 GDDR5 is a clear winner out of the two; slightly more expensive and a good boost in performance makes it quite a winner.




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