PROS / A less expensive, but modern card that can still handle most modern games.
CONS / With only a single 6 pin power connector, you’re limited with overclocking.
VERDICT / It can handle some intense gaming, but may not allow you to play at the maximum graphics settings on the latest games.
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Most modern graphics cards have gone to dual power connectors. However, with the AMD 5000 series cards, from the ATI Radeon HD 5770 and on down the list to the less powerful cards they were able to limit the amount of power that the card requires. By doing so, these cards only require a single power connector. The only problem with this is that it highly limits overclocking. Knowing that, it's safe to assume that this card was designed for the casual gamer that just wants to be able to play the latest games.
The 5770 is a decent graphics card. Its strongest point is definitely the GPU. Sitting with a core speed of 850MHz, just over a billion transistors and 1360 GFLOPs of computing power, its only real competition is the GTX 285 and AMD's own 4890, as far as specs go. Out of the three cards, this one, the HD 5770, is really the best GPU option, since the card is far cheaper than the GeForce GTX 285 and is also somewhat cheaper than the Radeon HD 4890. The best part about it is that not only is it less expensive but it tested out as the superior GPU, in almost every way.
This graphics card could have done much better with a better video memory set. 1200MHz isn't a bad clock speed for memory, 1GB of video RAM isn't uncommon and being GDDR5 is the new standard. The two things that totally kill the memory are the bus width and bandwidth. Most graphics cards have at least 256-bit memory bus width but the 5770 has a wimpy 128-bit. The bandwidth is equally disappointing, only about 77. Those both fall far short of the GTX 285 and are still half of what the old HD 4890 has.
The memory may be less than desirable, but with DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4 support, you still have potential when you consider the price. These two APIs will be the standard of new apps and games that will be coming out over the next year or two. Without cards that support these APIs, you'll be forced to view the content on a lesser scale and in some cases may not be able to run it at all.
The combination of DirectX 11 support, OpenGL support, a decent GPU and a good price makes this a graphics card that is bound to be successful. The average person doesn't need the super mega ultra graphics card costing an arm and a leg. We all want that ridiculously expensive card, but it's not usually what we actually end up getting. If there was content for the top graphics cards only, then it would be different, but there isn't. Therefore the ATI Radeon HD 5770 is a great option for many.