Conclusion
    When MSI first informed me about this card, I was of course quite excited about getting my hands on it.  Then a few overseas sites posted reviews, and while they were favorable, the overall opinion was that the card was going to be too expensive considering its performance and the shadow of the then upcoming HD 5830.  Since that point we have seen two things happen.  First is that the performance of the HD 5830 left a lot to be desired, and it is a bit too pricey for what it offers.  The second is that MSI has been able to cut the price on the R5770 and have made it quite comparable with other cards featuring the HD 5770 graphics chip.

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The back of the card is filled with the usual components.  512 MB worth of GDDR-5 can be seen as well.

    The custom design, outstanding cooler, tweaker features, solid Afterburner support, and the competitive price make this THE HD 5770 card to have.  The small stock overclock allows it to get a couple of frames on the competition, but the big key here is the ability to have a stable card running at 950 MHz + with a decent overclock on the memory as well.  Once in overclocked form, the R5770 beats out the HD 4870 pretty handily in nearly everything.

    The build of the R5770 is outstanding.  They use a lot of quality components, the quality of the soldering is excellent, and the use of more power phases in this situation leads to a more efficient and more overclockable card.  At stock speeds the cooler is virtually silent, and the card stays cool no matter the load.  Once things get overclocked a bit, the temp does still go up, but the card never reaches dangerous temperatures.

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The R5770 is longer than the HD 5750 from Asus, but not nearly as long as the old GTX 280.  Most users should not have a problem fitting this card into their case, and it certainly won’t break their power budget.

    Designing a custom card for a competitive midrange market where a $10 difference can mean life or death to a product, MSI has done a fantastic job in creating a remarkable card and staying within those limits.  While I am not a huge fan of the lack of the 2nd DVI port, MSI keeping the DisplayPort and HDMI port is a positive.  The single DVI port can be converted to a D-sub port through the included adapter, so it is still an option for users still using that connection.

    It is a neat card, it is an excellent price, and it pushes the limits of design for the highly competitive market that it resides in.  While other manufacturers are introducing overclocked cards, many of these are using the reference design and cooling systems.  MSI has taken a big step above nearly everyone else and produced a unique and outstanding offering for the $150 to $199 price range.

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The MSI R5770 is awarded the PC Perspective Gold Award due to a compelling mix of features, performance, and price for the mainstream graphics market.


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