ASUS EAH5750 Formula Reviewgotdamojo06 - January 6, 2010
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Taking a look at the card outside of the packaging, we are able to see that it is quite a bit shorter than the newer HD57xx series, however it does not skimp on the cooler that is installed on the card. ASUS has added its own personal touch to its EAH5750 by adding a cooler that is designed like a race car, which just by the looks of it is going to provide a good way to cool your card. There is a large fan in the middle of the cooler that sits on top of a heatsink with the plastic casing of the fan to help keep the air going where it needs to go to cool the components on the card. The back of the card looks just about the same as any other card out on the market. There is no backing plate for the cooler, meaning that it cannot be too heavy to bend the PCB.
There are quite a few display adapters on the card, which is going to allow you to have just about any kind of monitor you own connected to the card, including the aging analog monitors, without requiring an analog to DVI dongle. The EAH5750 does provide support without using any dongles for HDMI, which is always a great addition to any card. The standard PCI-E 2.0 slot interface is at the bottom of the card with the notches to make sure you do not install it in the wrong slot and to keep it in place. At the top of the card, you are going to find the single 6-pin PCI-E power adapter to provide the necessary power to the card, while in the opposite corner you will find the two crossfire adapters to add a second or third card for maximum performance.
When we take the cooler off of the heatsink to see how the fan and the plastic casing around it looks, you will notice that it is very lightweight and does have very nice grooves in the casing to direct the air to where it needs to go. The fan is a AFB0812HHB from Delta, with dimensions of 80x80x15mm. It only weighs 58g and has ball bearings. It is rated at 12VDC and operates between 7.0 and 13.8VDCs with a .16 Amp load. The maximum speed of the fan is 3400RPM and can push 35.67CFM while operating at 37.0 dBA.
The black heatsink that is used on the core and extends over the memory and the voltage regulators covers almost the entire card. It is very thick at the center of the heatsink above the base where it contacts the GPU, then has a sun-ray like design to maximize surface area. Taking a closer look at the "rays" of the heatsink, you will notice that there are small gooves in each of them to again add more surface area to the heatsink that will allow for air to pass over and cool more of the heat and expell it into the surrounding air.
Now that we know what the card looks like, it's time to take a look at the drivers and the software that came packaged with it.