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Thursday, 08 July 2010 11:46

HD 5500 series gets GDDR5

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Now available in all conceivable memory flavours
ATI AIB partners have started shipping HD 5500 series cards with GDDR5 memory in an effort to improve performance and, more importantly, make lives easier for their marketing departments.

This really isn’t big news in itself, but there is one interesting fact to consider. As of now, the Radeon HD 5550 is available in DDR2, DDR3, GDDR4 and GDDR5 flavours. The HD 5570 also got the GDDR5 treatment and it should sell for around €80 with the new, faster memory. Of course, we’d still advise you to go for the good old HD 4850 instead, as it sells in the same price range.

This is probably the first time that a single graphics card is available with so many different types of memory. Although the HD 5550 is not exactly a powerful card, it could serve as a yardstick in comparing the impact of memory on performance. It is also a testament to the flexibility of AMD’s 800 series GPU architecture and the foresight of its engineers.
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+8 #1 yourma2000 2010-07-08 19:52
I've always thought the best thing to do with memory and low end graphics card is to provide the most energy efficient memory of the GDDR family (GDDR5) and simply place one or two memory chips on the card depending on whether they be low end or mainstream cards, this way the high speeds GDDR5 provides is balanced out by the low amount of data lanes from the GPU to the memory (more memory chips on a card means more memory bandwidth)

the low end GPUs don't need high amount of memory or memory bandwidth for what they're designed for (Blurays, HD content, aero effects etc), I like to see the industry moving away from using old tech and making the newest the standards for all products
 
 
+6 #2 Haberlandt 2010-07-08 20:00
I'd not recommend buying a 4850 because it consumes a lot more power and is a lot hotter than similar 5000 series cards. In addition, finding a brand new 4850 is quite difficult.

The 5670 is a bit slower but a lot cooler and needs no adittional power connector. In addition, the 5000 series are gaining and will continue to gain additional performance from new drivers.
 
 
0 #3 Fud_u 2010-07-09 03:39
Well, I just bought a Powercolor ax5770 to replace my BSOD hd5870 and oh boy did I'm surprise. It can run BF:BC2 @ 2048x1152 16xaf 2xaa at a smooth framerate, not great but smooth. I don't think hd5500 quite capable enough to do beyond 1080p gaming. With GDDR5, it's more capable than GT240.
 
 
-2 #4 CompWiz 2010-07-09 17:14
Quoting Haberlandt:
In addition, finding a brand new 4850 is quite difficult.


Really? It's difficult? Did you happen to check newegg? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121380

Radeon 4850 for $85 w/ free shipping.

Quoting Haberlandt:
The 5670 is a bit slower

No, it's a lot slower. Check your benchmarks.

Quoting Haberlandt:
In addition, the 5000 series are gaining and will continue to gain additional performance from new drivers.


The 5500's are very crippled cards. A Radeon 4850 has more than double the processing power of a 5500 card or a 4670. New drivers won't make a low to mid-range card into a gaming card. The 4850 is already a gaming card.
 

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