MSI R5770 HAWK Video Card Review :: ATI HD 5770 Features

02-11-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun
  • 1.04 billion 40nm transistors
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
  • 800 Stream Processing Units
  • 40 Texture Units
  • 64 Z/Stencil ROP Units
  • 16 Color ROP Units
  • GDDR5 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX® 11 support
  • Shader Model 5.0
  • DirectCompute 11
  • Programmable hardware tessellation unit
  • Accelerated multi-threading
  • HDR texture compression
  • Order-independent transparency
  • OpenGL 3.2 support
  • Image quality enhancement technology
  • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
  • Adaptive anti-aliasing
  • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
  • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology
  • Three independent display controllers
  • Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color
  • controls, and video overlays
  • Display grouping
  • Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • ATI Stream acceleration technology
  • OpenCL support
  • DirectCompute 11
  • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling
  • Native support for common video encoding instructions
  • ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology
  • Dual GPU scaling
  • ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology
  • UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
  • Advanced post-processing and scaling8
  • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
  • Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
  • Independent video gamma control
  • Dynamic video range control
  • Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
  • Dual-stream 1080p playback support
  • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
  • Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP
  • Max resolution: 2560x1600
  • Integrated DisplayPort output
  • Max resolution: 2560x1600
  • Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
  • Max resolution: 1920x1200
  • Integrated VGA output
  • Max resolution: 2048x1536
  • 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support
  • Integrated HD audio controller
  • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
  • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology
  • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
  • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
  • Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

MSI’s card is based upon the Juniper XT chip from ATI that forms the basis for the RADEON HD 5770 card. The Juniper XT chip has 1.07 billion transistors and is fabricated on TSMC’s 40nm process. The Juniper XT chip has 800 Stream Processors with 40 texture units, 16 Color ROPs, and 64 Z/Stencil ROPs.

DirectX 11 is the latest API from Microsoft with support for Tessellation, DirectCompute, Shader Model 5 and much more. Tessellation creates higher geometric complexity by using control points and taking a less complex model and making it appear to have more complexity. DirectCompute allows the graphics card to do other things than games like stream processing and physics processing.

Eyefinity is ATI’s multi-monitor solution. The majority of video cards of the last few years has had support for dual monitors. The Matrox Parhelia was the first consumer video card to support three monitor or Surround Gaming. The HD 5 series takes it further by supporting three monitors on every iteration of the card, with up to 6 monitors supported via DisplayPort.