Sapphire HD 5670 Ultimate review

Is this sub-£100 graphics card worth the saving?

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  • Decent frame rates
  • Passive cooling
  • Price


  • Runs very hot

AMD has taken a bit of a battering in the last few months. Nvidia has finally delivered on the early promise of the Fermi GPU and has released a mid-range graphics card of 8800GT like proportions.

That, though, is a card ranging from £150 to £200. And it still requires a bit of a meaty PSU to get the most out of this surprisingly powerful little card.

AMD, then, has still got the lower end of the graphics market sewn up. Sapphire is trying to tie that up even more now, with more versatile versions of these cheaper cards trying to offer a bit more for your cash. Step up the HD 5670 Ultimate.

This is a sub-£100 card with a full 1GB GDDR5 memory on board, with the multi-monitor EyeFinity goodness, but more importantly, no PCI-e power requirements and a completely passive cooling solution.

Passive cooling

Unfortunately, while the passive cooler does enough to allow the card to run quite happily, it does generate a massive amount of heat and runs the GPU at around the 100ºC mark. Which can't be good for it.

Still, for a small rig with decent airflow across it, the HD 5670 Ultimate wouldn't be a bad choice. At the fairly standard 1,680 x 1,050 res it manages quite respectable gaming frame rates at the top settings, batting around the 30fps mark in both DiRT 2 and Far Cry 2. Just Cause 2, though, is a mite more demanding, making the poor GPU groan under the strain.

The real fly in the ointment is that £99 price tag. For barely an extra tenner you can pick up the far superior and increasingly popular HD 5770. A stock version of that card will almost hit that 30fps line in Just Cause 2, making it the better budget gamer.

Still, the passive cooler in the HD 5670 is a definite draw, so long as your case is up to the thermal job.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerATI
Chipset Model4670
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 4000
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameSapphire
Standard Memory512 MB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
Bus Width128 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of VGA Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Memory TechnologyGDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerSapphire, Inc
Product Model11138-15-20R
Product NameRadeon HD 4670 Ultimate Edition Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part Number11138-15-20R
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The new Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 Ultimate Edition Graphics Card has been engineered by Sapphire using heatpipe technology to bring a totally silent solution to this graphics family. With its 320 stream processors and carrying 512MB of GDDR3 memory the Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 Ultimate Edition Graphics Card is ideal for HTPC or general purpose computers that are required to run quietly but can also used for gaming.

API SupportedDirectX 10.1