Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate

Posted by on Monday, August 9, 2010 - 1:31pm

sapphire radeon hd 5670 ultimateToday, we will be looking at Sapphire’s latest video card creation. The new arrival is the Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate. The whole Radeon HD 5XXX series has been a real hit for ATI especially when it comes down to HD 5870 and HD 5970 which both put ATI back on top of the performance hill. Put like many of us we can’t afford to fork out $350 plus for a video card. So, we must settle for what our wallets can give us.

But with the Ultimate Radeon HD 5670 you will not be settling but getting a nice performing video card with all the features of the HD 5XXX series at an afford price. One feature that I personally cannot over look is the passively cooled GPU. With this card you get a decent gaming card, low power consumption and quietness. All three a big plus in my book.

Introduction to the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate

Today, we will be looking at Sapphire’s latest video card creation. The new arrival is the Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate. The whole Radeon HD 5XXX series has been a real hit for ATI especially when it comes down to HD 5870 and HD 5970 which both put ATI back on top of the performance hill. Put like many of us we can’t afford to fork out $350 plus for a video card. So, we must settle for what our wallets can give us.

But with the Ultimate Radeon HD 5670 you will not be settling but getting a nice performing video card with all the features of the HD 5XXX series at an afford price. One feature that I personally cannot over look is the passively cooled GPU. With this card you get a decent gaming card, low power consumption and quietness. All three a big plus in my book.

Sapphire’s take on the Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate

“Building on its reputation for special editions and silent cooled graphics cards, SAPPHIRE Technology has just introduced the ULTIMATE Edition of the SAPPHIRE HD 5670, boasting the full performance and features of the fan cooled models, but with a totally silent heat pipe cooler.

The SAPPHIRE HD 5670 ULTIMATE has 400 Stream Processors and sports 1GB of the latest DDR5 memory. With clock speeds of 775MHz core and 1000MHz (4GHz effective) for the memory, it delivers the same performance as fan cooled models, but with a totally silent heat pipe cooler, making it the fastest silent cooled graphics card available today.”

Specifications from Sapphire


1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort


775 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Process Technology
400 x Stream Processors


1024 MB Size
128 -bit GDDR5
4000 MHz Effective


Driver CD
SIM HD(Enhance the video quality for IM)-(Full package only)

ATI Radeon™ HD 5550 GPU Feature

  • 627 million 40nm transistors
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
    • 400 Stream Processing Units
    • 20 Texture Units
    • 32 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    • 8 Color ROP Units
  • GDDR5 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX® 11 support
    • Shader Model 5.0
    • DirectCompute 11
    • Programmable hardware tessellation unit
    • Accelerated multi-threading
    • HDR texture compression
    • Order-independent transparency
  • OpenGL 3.2 support1
  • Image quality enhancement technology
    • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
    • Adaptive anti-aliasing
    • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
    • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
    • Three independent display controllers
      • Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
    • Display grouping
      • Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • ATI Stream acceleration technology
    • OpenCL support15 
    • DirectCompute 11
    • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
      • Native support for common video encoding instructions
  • ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology6
    • Dual GPU scaling
  • ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology7
    • UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
    • Advanced post-processing and scaling8
    • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
    • Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
    • Independent video gamma control
    • Dynamic video range control
    • Support for H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Adobe Flash9
    • Dual-stream 1080p playback support 10,11
    • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
    • Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP12
      • Max resolution: 2560x160013
    • Integrated DisplayPort output
      • Max resolution: 2560x160013
    • Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
      • Max resolution: 1920x120013
    • Integrated VGA output
      • Max resolution: 2048x153613
      • 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support14
      • Integrated HD audio controller
        • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
        • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology7
    • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
    • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
      • Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Speeds & Feeds

  • Engine clock speed: 775 MHz
  • Processing power (single precision): 620 GigaFLOPS
  • Polygon throughput: 775M polygons/sec
  • Data fetch rate (32-bit): 62 billion fetches/sec
  • Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered): 15.5 Gigatexels/sec
  • Pixel fill rate: 6.2 Gigapixels/sec
  • Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 24.8 Gigasamples/sec
  • Memory clock speed: 1.0 GHz
  • Memory data rate: 4.0 Gbps
  • Memory bandwidth: 64 GB/sec
  • Maximum board power: 64 Watts
  • Idle board power: 15 Watts

Closer look

The absolute first thing you will notice about the Ultimate is its rather large passive heat sink when compared to the rest of the GPU.  The heat sink is made of aluminum and covers the top side of the video card cooling the 40nm GPU and the memory modules. Three heat pipes are uses to dissipate heat from the first heat sink to a secondary one that sites just a top the video card.

The video card itself is a single slot solution but due to the over-sized cooler two slots will be taken in the installation process. In many of the cases this card would be used it taking two slots should not be an issue.

And just like the big brothers the HD 5670 just offers video connection in the form of HDMI, display port and DVI. For those that plan on building a new HTPC or upgrading the GPU in your current unit the HDMI port is 1.3 compliant making for brilliant 1080P playback and high rate of bit rates through audio. A must for a home theatre setup. And also like the others the HD 5670 does support ATI’s Eyefinity for multi-display gaming setups.

The HD 5670 supports PCIe 2.1 at x16 and also can be connected to a second ATI card for Crossfire. There is no secondary power connections on this card as it draws all its power from the motherboard.

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 665K @ 4.2GHz at 1.38 volts
Ram: Patriot Viper II Sector 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon Ultimate HD 5670
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Microcool Banchetto

Testing Software:
Futuremark 3DVantage (Performance, High and Extreme settings at 1280x1024)
Devil May Cry 4 (Built-in benchmark - DirectX 10 -1280x1024, No AA/4xAA)
Maxon Cinebench
Resident Evil 4 (1280x1024, No AA/4xAA)
Street Fighter 5 (1280x1024/1920x1200, No AA/4xAA)
Unigine DirectX 11 (1280x1024/1920x1200, 2xAA/4xAA)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (High, Extreme and Ultra, 4xAA)
Bohemia Interactive ARMA 2
Codemasters Dirt 2
Watts Up

Windows Seven Ultimate 7 64-bit
ATI Cat 10.2  

Futuremark 3D Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. We’ve been making 3DMark for over 10 years, with each new edition using the latest 3D technology to determine real-world performance.
A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.
3DMark is widely used by the PC industry, press and media as well as individual users and gamers, for comparing performance levels between whole systems or even specific components.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
We are glad to present you a special version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Having your PC tested with benchmark you will be able to get detailed information about its performance on various graphical modes and find out how well your system is balanced for gaming and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in particular.
This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations – Pripyat . 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.

Devil May Cry 4
Long ago the Dark Knight Sparda rebelled against the dark emperor and waged a one-man war to save humanity. Thousands of years later, a religious organization worships this renowned savior and has taken it upon themselves to rid the world of all evil. Residing in Fortuna, this organization is known as the "Order of the Sword," and is made up of an elite group of "Holy Knights." One day, a young knight named Nero witnesses Sparda's legendary son Dante slaughter his fellow warriors. Has the renowned devil hunter turned his back on mankind? What does the encounter mean for these two individuals?

Unigine DirectX 11
New benchmark grants the power to unleash the DirectX 11 potential in the gift wrapping of impressively towering graphics capabilities. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is ensured within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

Capcom Resident Evil 5
Capcom officially announced Resident Evil 5 on July 20, 2005. Jun Takeuchi, the director of Onimusha and producer of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, took over producer duties from Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Keiji Inafune, who served as promotional producer for Resident Evil 2 and executive producer for the PlayStation 2 version of Resident Evil 4, oversaw the project.[26] In February 2007, members of Capcom’s Clover Studio were also called upon to help develop the game.

Capcom Street Fighter 4
All the characters and environments in Street Fighter IV are rendered as 3D models with polygons, similar to the Street Fighter EX sub-series Capcom produced with Arika. However, there are a couple of key differences. Art director and character designer Daigo Ikeno, who previously worked on Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, added cel-shading to give them a hand-drawn look, with visual effects accented in calligraphic strokes, ink smudges and ink sprays during the fights.

Bohemia Interactive ARMA 2
Three years after the conflict in Chernarus, portrayed in the original Arma 2, a new flashpoint in the Green Sea region heats up and coalition forces led by the US Army are sent to Takistan to quickly restore peace and prevent further civilian casualties in this standalone expansion pack to the best military simulator of 2009 – Arma 2.
You will enlist into various roles within the US Army, from basic infantrymen, through special operatives, to pilots and tank crew in this new installment in the award winning line up of military simulators for PC from Bohemia Interactive.

Codemasters Dirt 2
DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments. This World Tour will have players competing in aggressive multi-car and intense solo races at extraordinary new locations, from canyon racing and jungle trails to city stadium-based events.
To be powered by the third generation of the EGO™ Engine’s award-winning racing game technology, DiRT 2 will benefit from tuned-up car-handling physics system and new damage engine effects. It will also showcase a spectacular new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in GRID.
DiRT 2’s garage  houses a best-in-class collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles, specifically selected to deliver aggressive and fast paced racing. Covering seven vehicle classes, players will be given the keys to powerful vehicles right from the off. In DiRT 2 the opening drive is the Group N Subaru; essentially making the ultimate car from the original game the starting point in the sequel and the rides just get even more impressive.
In addition to the World Tour, DiRT 2 will come complete with full online functionality that will be core to the overall experience, with head-to-head competitive online play and new social features to engage the racing community. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in DiRT 2, coming 2009.

Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
FINAL FANTASY XIV takes the first intrepid steps into an unknown realm, and in doing soa new place for adventurers of all creeds to call home is born — Eorzea.
In the world of Hydaelyn, the term Eorzea denotes the geographical region comprised of the continent of ldenard and its surrounding islands, as well as the civilization which spawned there. Calling the area home are several independent city-states,the most notable being Limsa Lominsa, bustling port and pirate hub;Ul’dah, a desert city rich in mineral wealth; Gridania, nested deep within an ageless wood; and Ishgard, bastion atop the mountains.

Alien Versus Predator
Aliens vs Predator is an entirely new title for PC and high-definition consoles from acclaimed British developer Rebellion, the team behind the 1999 original PC gaming classic. Bringing the legendary war between two of science-fiction’s most popular characters to FPS fans, AvP delivers three outstanding single player campaigns and provides untold hours of unique 3-way multiplayer gaming. Experience distinctly new and thrilling first person gameplay as you survive, hunt and prey in the deadly jungles and swamps surrounding the damned colony of Freya’s Prospect.

Power Consumption


We took a slightly different approach to overclocking this video card and will apply it to all the future video card reviews. Like before we allowed ATI's CCC to do all the overclocking just to see how far it could get the Ultime HD 5670. In the end it netted us a overclock of 815MHz on the core and 1050 on the memory. We wanted to see just how much more the Ultimate had in it so we opened up MSI's After Burner which is the best GPU overclocking application out there. After a few hours of playing around with MHz setting for the GPU and ram never touching the voltage we did mange to increase the overclock on the GPU to a whooping 850MHz while the ram frequency never passed 1050MHz stable.


I can see the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate making a big splash with those that are looking to complete a system built on absolute quiet. Chances are these people building such a system are home theatre enthusiants but for those that wish to do a little bit of gaming may like to know the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate is capable to play a fair share of games. Yes, gameplay will be hold in check as the HD 5670 is not the fastest card out there but with moderate settings you will be able to frag your way out of trouble in your favorite FPS. RPG and other strategy games will not be an issue with this card I was able to StarCraft 2 without having to dail down the settings at all.

Still the Ultimate's ideal placement would be in a home theatre box as it is a no noise solution. I don't think there is anyone out there that would not want a card like this in their living room PC. Because of the 1.3 compliant HDMI port you are able to get full 1080P support while hearing the best in sounds through the same HDMI port.

And if hooking a PC up to your television is not your cup of tea, you do have the option of Eyefinity which is one of the best visual displays option you can have if wanting to game like a pro.

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