MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC

MSI's Radeon HD 5770 proves that you can offer stellar performance at an attractive price point

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MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC ATI's Radeon HD 5770 GPU powers this card
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  April 7, 2010

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Key Specs

API supported: DirectX 11
Connections: DVI x2, HDMI x1, DisplayPort x1
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5770
GPU frequency: 850MHz
Interface type: PCI-E

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The MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC is the second card we've tested with ATI's Radeon HD 5770 GPU. The first was Gigabyte's GV-R577D5-1GD-B (also reviewed on ITP.net), which grabbed our Editor's Choice award. While that card was impressive MSIs is better.

Whereas the Gigabyte card retails for US $235, the MSI R5770 retails for just $160; a wallet-friendly $75 cheaper. At the same time the MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC matches the Gigabyte spec-for-spec; it runs at a core frequency of 850MHz and its 1GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 4.8GHz.

Though both cards have identical specifications, MSI's card actually proved faster when it came to our benchmarks. In our H.A.W.X test the MSI R5770 produced results of 74fps, 49fps and 43fps at 1024 x 768, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 pixels. The Gigabyte's scores were 71fps, 48fps and 41fps. Similarly in World in Conflict the Gigabyte fell behind with scores of 52fps, 35fps and 31fps to the MSI's 54fps, 36fps and 32fps. This means the MSI is both faster and less expensive, which makes it excellent value.

The R5770 is better still because it is also designed for overclocking. It features PWM Fan Control abilities, so you can control the fan speed manually, or leave it to run automatically. When you want to overclock, the MSI ships with its ‘Afterburner' and ‘D.O.T Express' overclocking utilities.

Verdict: An excellent buy that boasts great pricing, overclocking-features and brilliant mid-range performance.

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