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Sapphire HD 5570 XtendTV 1GB GDDR5 review

Memories of the All-in-Wonder abound...

Our Verdict

Decent budget gaming card with TV functionality thrown in. You could do yourself a better deal by buying the same GPU with a separate tuner though.

For

  • One chip to view them all
  • Excellent value all-purpose GPU

Against

  • No HD (yet)
  • A good software suite would have sweetened the deal

Graphics card and TV tuner in one? The Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 Xtend TV sure is an all-in-wonder...

Lately, it's not enough for a GPU to just be a GPU. Until now they could happily occupy 3 PCI slots, chewing through more energy than a space shuttle whilst belching out enough fan noise to drown out any game.

But the glory days for these boards might be coming to an end.

AMD's trending Fusion tech sees the GPU and CPU integrated into one chip, and now we have some manner of GPU and integrated TV tuner devilment from Sapphire, who have their fingers dipped deeply into both these pies.

By offering the HD5570 Xtend TV with DirectX 11 gaming and DVB-T reception for less than an evening in the Ivy, they seem keen to sound the death-bell for traditional graphics cards.

But do gamers want TV tuners with their gaming GPUs? Are those in the market for a decent tuner willing to shell out more to replace their primary GPU?

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerATI
Chipset ModelHD 5570 XtendTV
HDMIYes
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 5000
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameSapphire
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0
Bus Width128 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
TV TunerYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
ManufacturerSapphire, Inc
Memory Speed4000 MHz
Product Model11167-18-40G
Product Name11167-18-40G Radeon HD 5570 XtendTV Graphics Card
Processor Speed650 MHz
Manufacturer Part Number11167-18-40G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sapphiretech.com/en/
Marketing Information

The SAPPHIRE HD 5570 XtendTV card is a single slot PCI-Express graphics card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and HDMI and DVI outputs - and a built in programmable TV tuner. Connected to a standard TV antenna signal, it will receive and decode all of the local free to air TV and radio stations. Just as with a regular TV tuner, the user can watch TV on the host PC using Media Center - record, save and playback programs at will.

Package Contents
  • 11167-18-40G Radeon HD 5570 XtendTV Graphics Card
  • Mirics FlexiStream
  • CD
  • DVI to VGA Adapter
  • USB A TYPE TO MINI USB B TYPE - 250MM Cable
  • Portable UHF/VHF Antenna
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 3.2