AMD Radeon HD 6670 And 6570: Turkeys Or Turkish Delights?

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jenkem

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price aside, i'm rather impressed with the 6670. sure the 5750 and gts 450 are more powerful, but nvidia's card just looks ridiculous in the power draw graph. being the fastest card without a pci-e connector is more than just a title, the 6670 will become the new go-to card for people with dells, hps, and ect looking to upgrade to discrete graphics(like the 4670 and 5670 before it).
also, a 5670 can be found on newegg for $73 before rebate.
 

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i used to play cod4 with a 3.0 ghz dual core and a radeon 4650 @ 1400x900 with good frame rates. and the whole pc only had a draw of 135 watts at the wall. this new 6670 is a kick @ss low power solution for most wanting to game on the semi cheap. kinda want one for my back up pc now.
 

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great review!

just wondering why we used a 1200w psu when most systems use only 10% of its capacity... i believe the power draw graphs are skewed due to lower efficiency at that load.
 

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[citation][nom]jestersage[/nom]great review!just wondering why we used a 1200w psu when most systems use only 10% of its capacity... i believe the power draw graphs are skewed due to lower efficiency at that load.[/citation]

Its just standard practise to overkill all other components to make sure they don't cause weird results. Besides the absolute draw isn't important its how the cards compare with each other.
 

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Another great review from Tom's Hardware. This is the market segment that is most applicable to someone like me.

I thought AMD shifted it's number branding forward for its 6000 series though. These cards should be compared to the 5770 and 5670...? Ahh forget it I'm still confused.
 

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[citation][nom]Pengle[/nom]How much better is the 6570 than the 4550[/citation]


A LOT better!

The HD4550 has just 80 cores and 64-bit DDR3 memory, while the HD6570 has 480 cores and 128-bit GDDR5 memory!
 

ubercake

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[citation][nom]weatherdude[/nom]Another great review from Tom's Hardware. This is the market segment that is most applicable to someone like me.I thought AMD shifted it's number branding forward for its 6000 series though. These cards should be compared to the 5770 and 5670...? Ahh forget it I'm still confused.[/citation]
They like you confused! This way you'll buy last year's performance in this year's packaging.

If you're going to spend $100, there are a bunch of 5770s on Newegg that will do a better job.

I was surprised not to see 5450s in the mix? They are decent cards for $40 on sale everywhere?
 

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[citation][nom]jestersage[/nom]great review!just wondering why we used a 1200w psu when most systems use only 10% of its capacity... i believe the power draw graphs are skewed due to lower efficiency at that load.[/citation]

The power draw won't be 1200W or anywhere near it. The overkill with regards to the PSU is to make sure that it doesn't get limited by power and often these test machines are stacked to the max and only certain components are removed. The PSU may be 1200W, but depending on the efficiency (80+%, bronze, silver, gold and platinum) it'll draw exactly what the PC needs from the wall, therefore you can have a very high watt PSU that will actually save you $$ on your power bill compared to the cheapo PSU. Basically, have a 1200W PSU drawing 215W, or 90% accuracy (fill in your own numbers. that's an example).

The videocards are very impressive. Cheap, sip power and perform very well.
 
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Could someone compare these cards to a 512MB 4670? How much better are they? This kind of GPU is perfect for people who don't want to buy new PSUs, don't care about playing the newest AAA commercial games, or run games at low resolutions (like 1366x768), and I'm all three. I would really like to know if it would be a good idea to say goodbye to my 4670 and get one of these.
 
I have to disagree with the conclusion about the 6670. It's excellent value for a new HTPC that will push a 720p or 1080p TV with "decent" gaming capabilities. AFAIK there is no GTS450 low profile (though I think I saw a 5750 with a low profile PCB) that can match this card for the crowds it's aimed at.

In fact, I was waiting for the 6k series to come in Low Profile PCBs and I'll build my HTPC with a 6670. Besides, my experiences with nVidia based cards and TVs have a long trail of frustration xD (even my current notebook with a GT425M gives me headaches when I try to plug it into the TV).

Cheers!
 

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[citation][nom]John Rambo[/nom]Could someone compare these cards to a 512MB 4670? [/citation]

No need really. Check the 5570 DDR3 launch review, the 4670 performs very closely.
 

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I'm still puzzled that Nvidia has basically given this market to AMD. The GT240 can't compete with the 5670 or 6670 and can barely compete with the 5570 and 6570. Yet Nvidia doesn't have a DX11 card that doesn't require a secondary power plug. As a matter of fact the best card Nvidia has out there that runs only on Pci-e x16 slot power is the "green" version of the 9800GT. Much better than the GT240 and still available. Maybe you should have tested one of those also?

There is a good size group that buy off the shelf pc's with 300w psus, yet still like to do some gaming as well as watch streaming video on their tv's. Nvidia's offerings to these people are pretty pathetic.
 

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Kinda wish you guys threw a 9600GT in there for laughs....but seriously you should have. I bet the performance of the 9600 would have been some where in the middle and same with the power draw. Also where are the Nvidia 430 and 440 cards?
 
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