Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6570 review

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AMD radeon hd 6570

You really shouldn't be expecting a lot from the AMD Radeon HD 6570.

It's already a bit of a stretch referring to the AMD Radeon HD 6670 as a gamer's card, even a budget one, but the Radeon HD 6570 can realistically carry no such moniker.

Though they're based on the same exact GPU, the firmware onboard is limiting the clockspeed, dropping it by 150MHz to 650MHz, and there is a certain paucity of graphics memory too.

This Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6570, though, does at least come with 512MB of GDDR5, rather than the 1GB of DDR3, so has a good deal more bandwidth.

But still, a gaming behemoth it aint.

Rather, this is more of a small, media machine's card, able to throw HD content around without putting the slightest strain on the PC's CPU, while still enabling you to run less-demanding games at low resolutions. In fact, it's exactly what the AMD Radeon HD 5570 was perfect for.

The AMD Radeon HD 6570, then, is the traditional iterative, generational step-up from the card it's replacing. Though it doesn't have the grunt to really justify an upgrade from Radeon HD 5570 to Radeon HD 6570, you simply wont get your money's worth.

So then this is your media centre's ideal companion.

Except not in this Sapphire-guise.

We're big fans of Sapphire's cards, but the fact the Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 here is on a standard-height card while the reference board comes on a half-height PCB seems odd.

With the Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 XtendTV you could justify it via the extra silicon the built-in TV tuner needed to function, but there's no real justification for such a chunky card here.

Sapphire may argue that the extra board size and Arctic Cooling chiller make it a cooler, and subsequently quieter, card for the media centre, but AMD's chunky reference cooler is hardly a turbine.

We liked

Basically it's a decent stab at a media graphics card at the £50 price point.

We disliked

Unfortunately though it's not really offering a hell of a lot more over the last generation of cards, and the standard-height PCB seems a littel unnecessary in what ought to be a HTPC card.

Final word

Unfortunately, unless you've got a rather capacious media centre chassis, and a very limited graphics budget to go with it, there's little reason to recommend this cheapo GPU.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelHD 6570
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 6000
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameSapphire
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.1 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width128 bit
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Card HeightLow-profile
Number of VGA Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height94 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length169 mm
ManufacturerSapphire, Inc
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Product NameRadeon HD 6570 Graphic Card
Package TypeLite Retail
Manufacturer Part Number11191-02-20G
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Packed with the latest GPU technologies, the Radeon™ HD 6570 graphics processors offer advanced video and display features, HDMI 1.4a for stereoscopic (3D) displays, as well as 2nd generation support for DirectX 11 to offer the ultimate in versatility for the everyday computing desktop.

Package Contents
  • Radeon HD 6570 Graphic Card
  • Driver CD
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Various Cable
Limited Warranty2 Year
Thickness19 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11, OpenCL 1.1