XFX Radeon 5750 XXX Review


XFX Radeon 5750 XXX Review


The world of graphics cards was once a very simplistic affair. You had CGA and EGA. Perhaps if you were lucky VGA. This pretty much continued until two companies introduced this wonderful new thing called "3D Acceleration". Now you had your standard 2D, and then either a Voodoo or a Rendition Verite to provide your 3D goodness.

Gradually, like all technical breakthroughs, other companies leapt on the bandwagon and soon there were a few cards to choose from. Companies came and went and eventually two major technologies reigned supreme. GeForce from nVidia and the ATI Radeon.

The problem with any market is that it needs products that cover all pockets. Most of us look at the premium market, and buy from the middle and so the two major players need to provide products that cover every need and price. This leads to a plethora of models and specifications that it's difficult for us to keep a handle on much less the general public.

Is the XXX rated R?

A couple of days ago Mul looked at the XFX 5670 and found it a little overpriced for the performance it delivered. Today we're looking at a model from XFXs premium factory-overclocked line, the XXX series, and in particular the XFX HD5750 XXX.

By utilising the middle of the 57xx series the cost is kept significantly lower than a 58xx, but should provide more performance than the wheezy 5670. In the always excellent XFX XXX guise it has the potential to be the perfect balance of the quietness the HTPC crowd demand, the performance the gaming crowd seek, and at a price we all can enjoy.

Technical Specifications

We have the absolute zenith of the XFX HD5750 XXX series here, the ZND-C which comes with 1GB of DDR5 and the DisplayPort that enables Eyefinity. Today we're looking solely at a single-monitor solution, but to know we have that expandability certainly means the XFX HD5750 XXX could be all things to all men.

Bus Type PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock 740 Mhz
Memory Bus 128
Memory Type DDR5
Memory Size 1024 MB
Memory Speed 4800 Mhz
Thermal Solution FANSINK
Minimum Power Supply Requirement 450 Watt w/ one 6-pin power connector
Outputs HDMI, Dual-Link DVI, Display Port
Card Dimensions 7.25 X 4.376 X 1.5
Feature Directx 11 support, DirectCompute 5.0, Open CL, Eyefinity Technology, Shader Model 5.0, OpenGL 3.2, Windows 7, DisplayPort, HDMI
Package Contents 6 Pin Y Power Cable

Not bad on paper. We all know that the GPU Clock isn't everything though otherwise this would be priced much higher than it is, and certainly wouldn't need a single 6-pin PCI connector.

Testing isn't done on paper, so on we go.

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