A Closer Look
Though Sapphire does manufacture reference cards, they do their best work when they build cards of their own design. The HD 5670 is a small card that should fit in pretty much every rig sporting a PCI-E x 16 slot and a pair of full sized PCI expansion slots. It requires no external power.
The most noticible item on the card is the cooler. Normally, mainstream video cards are cooled by the crappy little fans and tiny heatsinks from yesteryear. Sapphire had Arctic Cooling build a cooler for the HD 5670, with a fairly massive aluminum heatsink and an 80mm fan. It is a dual slot cooler, so keep in mind that a pair of empty PCI slots are needed…not always the case with “off-the-shelf” PCs.
This HD 5670 sports a full gig of GDDR5 memory. That’s a lot of memory for a mainstream card. Until recently, it was a lot of memory for any video card.
There is onboard DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Sub-15 is available via an adapter.
Included with the card is a DVI/Sub-15 adapter, a male HDMI/female DVI adapter (to accommodate dual DVI), a Crossfire bridge, driver disk, and ArcSoft SimHD IM.