ATI first launched the Evergreen family of video cards in September of last year to great reviews and customer satisfaction as the first video card vendor to support DirectX 11 compliance on their video cards. NVIDIA, their arch rival, didnít have cards to support the new features until the release of the GeForce GTX 480 and 470 video cards earlier this year. The vast majority of video card sales are in the under $200 category and ATI is the only vendor in that category with their full lineup.
The HD 5770 was designed as the mid-range replacement for the HD 4670 which was the last generation video card in this price range. At a retail price of $169, the HD 5770 has no serious competition in the same range as NVIDIAís GeForce GTX 460, while a great card for the $200 price range is 15% more expensive. Today, ATI is ruling the price class from $50-170 as there is no competition from their Green counterparts at that price point. While I looked at many 5770 cards at launch we have updated our test system and benchmarks and today Iím reviewing the XFX HD 5770 850M 1GB DDR5 DP Dual DVI PCI-E video card the XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 video card.