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Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI Radeon HD 5670 Videocard Review
Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI Radeon HD 5670 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
The Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI is equipped with a large and fairly quiet aluminum heatsink, with a fan and plastic shroud on top. The additional height of the heatsink means the GV-567OC-1GI videocard will occupy two expansion slots instead of just one.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 01 2010   J. Apong  
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DX11 Videocard Benchmarks: Stalker, Conclusions

STALKER: Call of Pripyat - DX11

Source: GSC

Stalker: Call of Pripyat benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations. The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSTALKER Call of Pripyat - Ultra / DX11 / 4xMSAA/HDAO
Sun Shafts Test 1600x1200 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI 10.056
Sun Shafts Test 1900x1200 Points Ranking
Gigabyte GV-R567OC-1GI 8.47

Stalker: Call of Pripyat is one of the first DirectX 11 benchmarks, and it proves to be a punisher for the GV-567OC-1GI. This test is designed for high-end flagship videocards, so pitting it against a $100 mainstream videocard isn't entirely fair.

Now let's wrap all of this up, conclusions are next!

Conclusion: Just Missing the Sweet Spot?

ATI's Radeon HD 5670 brings DirectX 11 technology into the mainstream. In just a few months the "Evergreen" RV8xx architecture has moved from the ultra-high-end all the way to mainstream computer users.

Technically this videocard can do everything the big boys can do: the Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI's 'Redwood" RV810 GPU is capable of DirectX 11 tricks like tessellation and compute shading, which will start making major appearances later on in 2010. Tessellation especially will become an important eyecandy feature that allows much more detailed character models and environments in videogames; think of it as bump-mapping's more sophisticated, more attractive older sister.

However while the Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI videocard and its 1GB of GDDR5 memory certainly has the theoretical capability of running next-generation DirectX 11 graphic effects, in real-world usage it's simply not fast enough for today's games.

The RV810 'Redwood' GPU has fewer stream processors, texture units and raster operators than last generation mainstream and mid-range videocards like the Radeon HD 4770 and Radeon HD 4850, which can also be found for around the $99 USD ($110 CDN / £65GBP) you'd pay for Gigabyte's Radeon HD 5670 GV-567OC-1GI videocard.

Even with a 785MHz clock speed (Gigabyte overclocks the GPU core clock speed an extra 10MHz, the default clock speed is 775MHz), and 1GB of GDDR5 memory operating at an effective 4000MHz, the GV-567OC-1GI videocard can't keep up with its peers from the Radeon 4000-series.

Most of the more intensive games on the PCSTATS benchmarking suite had to have graphical settings, resolution and anti-aliasing turned down substantially in order to achieve playable frame rates.

All of this put together makes the GV-567OC-1GI difficult to recommend. If you're looking for a modestly priced videocard for lightweight gaming, you're better served getting Gigabyte's own Radeon HD 4770 or a Radeon HD 4850. If you just need a videocard for HDMI video output you can grab a Radeon HD 4350 for around $50. Finally, if you really want to see DirectX 11 effects in your videogames, it's best to invest a bit more cash into a Radeon HD 5770 or 5850 graphics card so you can play games at acceptable frame rates.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-567OC-1GI Radeon HD 5670 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Radeon RV810 Redwood GPU
 Pg 3.  Overclocking a Radeon HD 5670
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  DX9 Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER, Crysis
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 11.  — DX11 Videocard Benchmarks: Stalker, Conclusions

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