Aug 27 2010 - The PowerColor PCS+ HD 5770 Vortex Edition video card is ideal for budget gamers with two to three motherboard slots open for installation. Featuring an overclocked core, this graphics card offers an adjustable height fan and DirectX 11 support.
- Overclocked GPU and Memory
- Adjustable Height Fan
- CrossFireX and DirectX 11 Support
- Triple-Slot Card for Ideal Cooling
- Rearranged Ports
- ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Engine
- 1GB GDDR5 Memory
- 900MHz Engine Clock
- 800 Stream Processing Units
- 40 Texture Units
- DisplayPort, HDMI, Two DVI Ports
- DirectX 11 Support
- CrossFireX Support
Review - PowerColor PCS+ HD 5770 Vortex Edition Video Card
At first glance, the PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 5770 Vortex Edition video card looks like any other graphics card. But upon further inspection, it is apparent that the PowerColor HD 5770 Vortex Edition offers a unique twist. Featuring an adjustable height fan, this component works as a double-slot or triple-slot card depending on space. With a simple turn, the fan can be raised to create a cooler environment for enhanced overclocking.
You might ask what the Vortex Edition offers over stock HD 5770 graphics cards. Try an overclocked core and memory clock to the tune of 900MHz and 1225MHz respectively. This is a 25MHz increase to the engine clock over PowerColor's previous PCS+ model and a 50MHz boost over stock Radeon HD 5770 cards.
Although benchmarks are a real treat for gamers, this card deserves accolades for its physical architecture. In addition to being able to raise and lower the fan, the Vortex offers two dual-link DVI outputs with a max resolution of 2560x1600. The DVI ports are in the center of the card as opposed to typical bottom placement. This does not seem to hinder cooling, though, as the card has both front and back vents.
Along with ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU and DirectX 11 support, the PowerColor Vortex Edition offers 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Further specs include 800 stream processing units and 40 texture units. If you're a gamer looking for flexibility as your budget grows, this video card fits the bill.
Overall, this card is a promising refresh to the already popular HD 5770. The ability to adjust the height of the fan offers versatility for gamers. If you haven't yet splurged on an ATI 5000 series card or if the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 costs more than you're willing to spend, be sure to check out the Vortex Edition for an up-to-date video card capable of running the latest games.