XFX HD 5750 ReviewRHKCommander959 - October 12, 2009
Category: Video Cards
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After the first wave of cards from when AMD changed from the 4-series to the 5-series, the second wave came. AMD presents the ATI HD 5770 and 5750 as targeted to the midrange graphics market and fall in line under the ATI HD 5870 and 5850. Stock designs of the 5750 have them built on 40nm fabrication just as the other 5-series, with memory sizes up to 1GB combined with a 128-bit memory bus. Stock speeds are set at 700MHz for the core and 1150MHz for the memory. The new video cards support some exciting new features - ATI Eyefinity and Microsoft's DirectX 11. The cards also idle exceptionally well at 150MHz core and 300MHz memory when they are not under load, providing great energy savings.
Under review today is the XFX HD 5750 HD-575X-ZNF. The XFX HD 5750 has 720 stream processors running at 700MHz, which is built on the 40nm process and can pack up to 1GB of GDDR5 memory running on a 128-bit memory bus at 4.6Gbps. Some of the specifications look to be in the same ballpark as the older 4870 cards, save for less energy consumption and so on, but I would take a stab at guessing that the performance to be in the general ballpark of the 4870's - just remember that memory speed has been increased and other features don't line up as well. The video card supports ATI Eyefinity as well as ATI Stream Technology and ATI CrossFireX just as the rest of the 5-series video cards do currently, with video output through two Dual-Link DVI ports, HDMI, and DisplayPort. The outputs and expansion slot are identical to the card's siblings but the heatsink design is far different with a small round heatsink that exhausts to the case - this card does take up the space of two slots. This card runs very lean on energy with its single power connection, and its low profile has it coming in at just about 7.25 inches. Another feature of this card to watch for is that it supports OpenGL 3.2 and Microsoft DirectX 11 for great gaming quality when DirectX 11 comes out.
The front of the box is similar to the XFX HD 5870 reviewed here on OCC earlier, but with more detail in the background. The box itself is much smaller than the box for the 5870, and is more typical of what I've seen from XFX. The background is still a metallic X-shaped object, with the words Radeon HD 5750 front and center. Underlining it is more caution stripes as found on the other box. Above the caution stripes in white letters are a few of the basic features of the XFX HD 5750 like the PCI Express 2.0 bus, 1GB GDDR5 memory, and HDMI output. At the bottom are four stickers showing some of the package features - this is the 1GB of GDDR5 model, this card supports ATI Stream Technology, ATI Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology, and is aided by XFX's 5-Star Support. Turning to the back is the bold title of Radeon HD 5750 just like on the front. In green the new motto, "Expand. Accelerate. Dominate" sits boldly underneath the product name, over a paragraph summarizing some of the features of the XFX Radeon HD 5750. Underneath that are details of the XFX 5 Star Support program, and how to get help with the video card through XFX. Some of the key features are to the left of these, listing the supported technologies again, such as ATI CrossFireX compatibility, 1GB of GDDR5, and the power management feature of ATI PowerPlay technology.
Neither the top nor the bottom have much relevant information, especially the top, which only states the card type and the company that made it - XFX. The bottom has some information such as the model/part numbers, version, serial and UPC. Amongst other things are the RoHS, FCC, and recycle symbols along with a UPC.
The first side has the system requirements and box contents listed out. Users will mainly want to have the following: one PCI Express x16 slot open on the motherboard, suggested 450W power supply with a 6-pin PCI Express connector, and 1GB of system memory or greater. Inside the box is the XFX Radeon HD 5750, installation CD, quick installation guide, driver CD installation guide, XFX serial number door hanger, and a 6-pin PCI Express to 4-pin Molex power cable. The second side has four black and white images with the titles Vivid Photos, Cinematic Video, Immersive Gaming, and High Performance. A few of the features are then explained - ATI Avivo HD Video and Display Technology - HDMI with 7.1 surround sound, universal connectivity to TVs and displays, and high definition video, gaming, and photos. The ATI Catalyst suite is also given a brief explanation along with ATI CrossFireX.
The usual black box is inside of the main box, this design is elegant and protects the video card and accessories very well while maintaining a small footprint and a sleek look. Opening the black box reveals the tray that sits over the video card on top of a green platform that encases the card from its sides and bottom. The tray doubles as protection from the top while also making it extremely easy to get at the contents of the package.
Opening the tray reveals a single lonely 6-pin PCI Express to 4-pin Molex adapter. Part of the door hanger is also seen - it is a useful tool for keeping track of the serial number of the video card in the event that any trouble arises. Removing the tray shows the pint-sized card sitting with plenty of room off of its backside. The XFX 5750 is protected from ESD and dust/dirt by an antistatic bag.
Now that unpacking is done, it is time to take a peek at the card!