PowerColor Radeon HD 5750RHKCommander959 - February 4, 2010
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Performance at stock was right about where it should be, there weren't any surprises. The 1GB of memory helped out in some games at 2560x1600 while others the card was just too weak. Once the big overclock set in though, this card was a performer! It wasn't ground shattering, but it did help the 5750 catch up to the other cards and made it feel less like a low-midrange GPU. The Vantage scores with the 940MHz core and 1200MHz memory were almost to the level of the ASUS ENGTX260 Matrix. Price vs. performance this card does very well - 1GB of memory, stellar core overclocking, HD video output, decent gaming - it could handle most games with good quality up to 1920x1200, and a low price come together for a good product. The 5750 series uses very little energy when compared to the 4-series cards of the last generation, boosted by ATI PowerPlay, and DirectX 11 is finally coming to fruition. Adding to it is the fact that it can still take advantage of the ATI Eyefinity multi-screen technology. The heatsink kept the GPU core cool, upper 30s Celsius at idle and generally 55C topped out, except for when I was pushing for really high overclocks where it almost budged 60C with fan speed at 100%.
The only cons that stick out in my mind are the disappointing memory clocks and minuscule accessory bundle, but overclocking is extra and all that is really needed to get the card working is the driver disc and the manual for anyone new to installing graphics cards. The memory was rated for 1250MHz operation but was incapable of achieving anywhere near there - 1200 MHz had to do for testing. However, neither of these issues can really be held against a card of this price bracket, but these are merely the only problems that come to mind.
- Great idle/load temperatures
- Low energy usage
- ATI Eyefinity
- Quiet fan noise, decent at 100%
- Great core overclock
- Non stock cooling
- Poor memory overclock
- Bare accessories