Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Flex Graphics Card Review - Easy Eyefinity
Sapphire gets triple DVI working
The Radeon HD 5770 is not a new graphics card since it was released in the fall of last year, so I was surprised when Sapphire came to me excited to tell me about a new revision of the card they were getting ready to put out for sale this month. As is usually the case, I tend to nod my head and say "sure, send it over" without really thinking too much about it. I mean really, an HD 5770 is an HD 5770.
But this time something surprised me. It wasn't the clock speeds or any kind of frame buffer increase. The cooler is custom but nothing out of the ordinary with Sapphire or other AIBs designs. As it turns out, the moniker "Flex" on the new Sapphire card is what was important: the card is flexible in that it allows three monitors to be connected for Eyefinity. Big deal, right? But this time it can do it with three DVI monitors AND without the need for an expensive DisplayPort-to-DVI active adapter.
Oh, and this card can actually support FOUR monitors. So let's dive in.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB Flex Card
Sapphire is one of AMD's premiere card partners often releasing some of the most unique, overclocked and customized cards before other companies. The HD 5770 Flex card is another iteration of this trend.
Inside the box with the Flex card you will see an included HDMI to DVI adapter that you can use to connect THREE DVI monitors to this card - one to each DVI port and one more to the HDMI connection with the included adapter. All three of these will be able to run at the same time thanks to the "Flex" technology without requiring any active DP adapters. In effect, this saves users about $100 ($30 with the newly announced adapters last week) over other HD 5770 card for Eyefinity connectivity.