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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 15:32

Powercolor HD 5770 Evolution goes on sale

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Hydra equipped graphics card available

Powercolor's HD 5770 Evolution stirred up some attention back when it showed up at Games Convention in August and it looks like it finally found its way into retail/e-tail as Alternate.de is currently selling the card for €149,90. In case you missed it, the Powercolor HD 5770 Evolution is the first and only card that comes with Lucid's Hydra chip.

The idea behind the HD 5770 Evolution is that you should be able to pair it up with any other card, regardless of whether it's AMD's or Nvidia's. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as with any other HD 5770 on the market, as it has reference clocks, 1GB of GDDR5 memory and DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI outputs.

The card is definitely interesting and we are quite sure that some buyers will like the idea that they can pair it up with any other card, even the one that they currently own. The Hydra chip makes it a perfect candidate for a sweet spot upgrade, and if this one ends up to be any good, we guess that we might see a HD 6000 series card with similar features in future.

If you happen to buy one, make sure to tell us your impressions. You can find it listed here.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:04
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-7 #1 thomasg 2010-11-09 16:24
You should still only mix and match it with comparable cards, or one will bottleneck the other. It would go well with, say, a GTS 450, but wouldn't work very good with a 480 or a 430.
 
 
+4 #2 East17 2010-11-09 16:34
I fail to see a real situation where somebody HAS a mainboard with multiple PCI-Express 16x slots but doesn't have the money to change his videocard. Or has a videocard and thinks this is better ??! I don't get it. Shouldn't anybody just simply get the 6850 for this money ? I respect Lucid and Power Color for their design and innovation but I don;t find the practical application where you'd need such a device.
 
 
+4 #3 comfynumb 2010-11-09 21:17
Quoting thomasg:
You should still only mix and match it with comparable cards, or one will bottleneck the other. It would go well with, say, a GTS 450, but wouldn't work very good with a 480 or a 430.


If you read anything about the hydra chip when they were previewing it... You would know that one card does not bottleneck the other card.. Hydra does something completely different compared to sli/xfire. It is suppose to divide up the work load... So if you have a 5770 and lets say a gtx480 , the gtx 480 would receive more work.. Well that is how it is suppose to work in theory... I think you still see gains regardless..
 
 
+4 #4 comfynumb 2010-11-09 21:18
Buy this, then in the future when you decide to go out an buy nvidias latest and greatest.. you could mix them.. thats a situation i could see happening... a yr. or 2 down the road I feel like upgrading and like nvidias offerings at that time.... no problem cause I have a hydra chip on board... and people run into the situation where they have a bunch of odd ball cards laying around, i think with the hydra it doesnt matter which generation or anything... People have been wanting to mix em for a while... google mixing ati and nvid and see how far back people have been wantin to do this...there will be tons... for some reason people that are not fan boys end up with a mix of cards.... i have no clue why though 8)
 
 
+1 #5 nforce4max 2010-11-10 14:07
I have been waiting for this card for months only to cave in and get a gtx460 instead but it might still fill that empty spot in my gpu collection when i am not broke.
 

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