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HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB
Written by Scott Harness   
Monday, 05 July 2010 00:00

card_uv1HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB

Sporting an uprated cooler in the now traditional HIS style, the Turbo version of this 5770 aims to keep things cool, quiet and higher performing than standard.

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The mid-range graphics market is filled with cards to suit every budget, taste and whim an end user may have, and with Nvidia gearing up to release their entries, it's going to become even more crowded. Until then, the 5770 is probably the best priced mid-range GPU, next to the 5750.

As always, have a non-standard card for this GPU adorned with lashings of cooling and style. The , sports an uprated cooler to keep noise levels low, temperatures lower, and to provide a little extra style too.

As the Turbo in the name would suggest, this is also a pre-overclocked card, with both the GPU and the Memory running faster than standard. Let's check it out shall we?

Specifications

Model Name
HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo (DirectX 11/ Eyefinity/ Full HD 1080p) Native HDMI 1GB (128bit) GDDR5 Dual DL-DVI / Display Port / HDMI (HDCP) PCIe (RoHS) (DiRT-2)
Chipset
Radeon HD 5770 PCIe Series
Memory Size
1GB GDDR5
Stream processors
800 (unified)
Pixel Fill Rate
13.6 Gigapixels/sec
Manu. Process
40nm
Memory Type
GDDR5
RAMDAC
400MHz
Engine CLK
875MHz
Memory CLK
5GBPs / 5000 MHz
Memory Interface
128bit
Bus Interface
PCI Express x16
Max. Resolution
3x 2560*1600 (Dual dual-link)
GPU Features
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support
  • OpenGL 3.1 Optimization and Support
  • Designed for DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL
  • Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
  • HDCP Capable
  • ATI Stream
  • ATI AVIVO
  • ATI PowerPlay
  • ATI CrossFireX TM multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance. For an ATI CrossFireXTM system, a second ATI RadeonTM HD 5770 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card are required
  • 450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and one6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode)
Ports
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort

 

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The box for the HIS HD 5770 Turbo 1GB GDDR5 is of the standard HIS style, which is upright, white and adorned with images of cool power. You can clearly see the pertinent features on the front of the box, and fuller details on the rear.

 

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Inside the outer white box is a blue inner box that holds all the contents. Included with the card are a 2x Molex to 1x PCIe power adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, a Crossfire bridge, a Driver and installation guide folder and a voucher to download the DirectX11 game DiRT2 via Steam.

 

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Inside the Driver folder is the driver and software CD, a quick installation guide, and a stick on badge.

 

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The card itself sports the traditional IceQ cooling setup that HIS tend to use on their higher end cards. Labeled IceQ 5, this a heat-pipe cooling setup that aims to look cool, keep the card cool, and do it more quietly than the standard 60's Batmobile style cooler.

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You can clearly see the cards Turbo nature indicating this is a pre-overclocked card on the top of the cooler, and turning it around you can see that when installed in your case, you will also be able to read the card's title on the side.

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At the rear, you find a single PCIe power port tucked under the fan, but HIS have had the IceQ 5 cooler cut around this slightly which means there is no issues when trying to remove the power cable.

 

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The back of the card is pretty standard fare, but it does show off the blue PCB nature that HIS use. The IO panel is of the two slot variety and features four ports; 2 DVI ports, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort … port. You can also see a slight vent to exhaust the hot air from the cooler to the back of the case.

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In a case with UV lighting, the card gives off a uniform blue glow, with even the sticker on the cooling surround being UV reactive. Looks pretty good I think.

 

Testing

Test Setup: Intel Core 2 Duo 6420 @ 3.20GHz, 4GB of OCZ PC2-6400 Ram @ 960MHz, Asus Blitz Formula, Silicon Power M10 32GB + Seagate Momentus XT, Asetek Waterchill Watercooling, Hyper Type M 730w PSU. All latest drivers as of June 2010 and the OS is Windows 7 64bit.

For comparison, we are testing against a default clocked 5770 card.

Software

Left 4 Dead 2 - Recording a custom demo on the Dead Center, Hotel level (inside in the inferno), we used FRAPS to record frame rates as we played back the demo on all cards at same settings.

Assassin's Creed 2 – The second of our DirectX 9 games, we tested by climbing a tower repeatedly in the Venice, San Polo – Rialto Bridge area and taking a leap of faith to the hay below 3 times. FRAPS was used to record frame-rates and the cards were set to the highest possible for each card.

Batman Arkham Asylum – We used a combination of the in game benchmark and FRAPS to gather our numbers for this game. All cards were set to the highest possible settings for that card.

Crysis Warhead – We used the Framebuffer benchmark tool to run through the Ambush demo and recorded the results with FRAPS. Settings for each card were set to highest possible for that card.

Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark – Recently released and using a DirectX11 engine, this benchmark provides a nice repeatable test combined with FRAPS. Settings for each card were set to default benchmark settings.

Colin McRae's DiRT2 - DiRT2 has some very good looking visuals and provides us with another DirectX 11 test. We used FRAPS with the games inbuilt benchmark to test a quick run around a London track.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat Benchmark – Our third DX11 test uses a combination of FRAPS and the Ray portion of the benchmark. Cards were set to highest possible for each card.

Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark - DMC4's benchmark provides a nice way of testing that anyone can do. Results are all from the benchmark itself, and include average frame rates as well as 4 graphs for each level tested. Settings for all cards were the same.

 



 
 
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