Diamond Radeon HD 5750 Reviewccokeman -
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The roll out of ATI's 5 series video cards have put Nvidia on notice that they are going to compete for both performance and price points. The HD 5870 and HD 5970 were a one-two punch that showed just how well they did there homework. Currently there is not a response from the green team that compares on a like for like basis. While the high end is taken care of the lower end(Mid Range) has not suffered either as the HD5770 and HD 5750 deliver enough horsepower to play today's games. The Diamond HD 5750 that I will be looking at carries part number 5750PE51G. What this gets you is an HD 5750 that has been outfitted with a cooler from Arctic Cooling for improved cooling of the 40nm Juniper core on top of the regular HD 5750 specifications of a 700MHz core clock, 1150MHz memory clock on the GDDR5 memory, 720 stream processors, 36 texture units and 16 ROPs. All this combines to deliver just over 1 Tflop of compute performance. The HD 5750 much like its bigger brothers in the 5800 series this card is one of the first generation of video cards that support DX11. As more games become available the Diamond HD 5750 will be poised to take advantage of this capability. Dirt 2 has just been released as well as Battleforge being patched for DX11 means you can enjoy this ability right now if those games suit your tastes. The slogans being touted for this generation of cards is to "Expand" with ATI's Eyefinity Multi Monitor technology, "Accelerate" with Stream and to "Dominate" with DX11. So far the HD 58xx series have done just that. Lets see what this revision of the HD 5750 from Diamond has to offer.
The packaging of the Diamond HD 5750 plays up the Dirt 2 reference with a picture of one of the rally cars used in the game. The front highlights include the mention of the Arctic Cooling used on this card, the Dirt 2 reference, Direct X 11, and the 1GB of memory used on the card. The rear panel expands on the benefits of the three slogans Expand, Accelerate and Dominate. On the right side of the rear panel you get an idea of what Eyefinity is and what it brings to the table. Along the bottom is a small label that states "California Lead free" so it looks like Diamond is doing their part for the environment.
When you open up the package you get a box inside the outer sleeve that holds the Diamond HD 5750 and the bundle of accessories. The card sits on layer of foam with the documentation envelope on top of it. The rest of the accessories are between two layers of foam for protection.
The bundle that came with the Diamond HD 5750 is actually pretty slim.You get a Crossfire bridge connection, DVI to VGA adapter and the documentation. The documentation consists of the driver disk, Manual, a couple warning sheets that inform you to a) not take the product back to the place of purchase for problems and how to hook up the power to the HD 5750. An added bonus is the coupon for 35 free songs from eMusic. One thing I was surprised to see was that with the Dirt 2 theme on the packaging that a copy of the game was not included. That and the lack of a PCIe power cable adapter make the bundle not quite as sweet as others I have seen.
Lets see if the fast image portrayed on the advertising results in increased performance.