These mid-range monsters just don't pack a punch and failed to meet our expectations
Consumes 30% less power, will fit in most cabinets, runs cool, DX 11 support
priced higher compared to predecessor, Not much of a performance jump
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I know we got a little sidetracked after ATI dropped the HD5970 in our office, as I had promised the review of the mid-range cards next. But now, having covered all the price segments, we finally come to a very important one - the mid-range gaming segment - which is currently filled with cards like the HD4850, HD4870, HD5890 and GTX275.
Once priced quite steep, all these cards are quite affordable now and ATIs new range also falls in this price bracket. So apart from DX11 and 40nm fabrication, what we need to find out is whether these cards provide a good enough performance leap for us to make the switch? The cards we'll be targeting will be the HD4870 512MB, which will be pitted against the HD5750 and the HD4890 that falls in the price range of the HD4890 and GTX275. So lets' find out a little more about the cards we'll be reviewing today.
Juniper was the codename given to ATI s midrange graphics cards and comprise of the HD5770 and the HD5750. Looking at the comparison sheet, the HD5750 throws out roughly the same processing power of the HD4850 despite having lesser number of shaders. This could be attributed to the use of GDDR5 memory in these new cards. The HD5770 on the other hand looks a lot similar to the HD4870 with the only difference being the fabrication process and a new feature set. So if you already own a HD4850 does it make sense to upgrade to the HD5750? And similarly if you own a HD4870 should you bother with the HD5770? Well, let's find out.
There was no bundle as these are just reference cards but you can expect the same fare as the HD5850, although I don't know about the DIRT 2 bundle.