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A passively cooled video card is something you usually don't see these days. However, in the past Sapphire has kept HTPC users happy with the "ULTIMATE" lineup of passively cooled video cards. This line features lower end cards, which are usually perfect for the HTPC. These cards, despite being on the lower end of the performance spectrum, are perfect for HTPCs.  Because they operate without a fan, obviously, the card is completely quiet. There is nothing worse than hearing the whirl of a fan spinning over your movies! Sapphire has continued its "ULTIMATE" lineup, with a card from AMD's 77XX series, the HD 7750 ULTIMATE.

As with previous generations of the ULTIMATE series, the HD 7750 ULTIMATE is equipped with a completely passive cooler. This feature makes the card a great choice to be used in an HTPC, or any machine needing a quiet GPU solution. Unfortunately, the passive cooler will cost you an extra $20 on top of what a normal HD 7750 would cost. Other than that, you can expect the same from the Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate, as you would from any of the Cape Verde HD 7750 cards. Will this passively cooled card be perfect for light gaming machines and HTPCs, or will the $129 price tag prove to be $20 to much? Let's get it unboxed and find out!


Closer Look

As usual, the Sapphire HD 7750 ULTIMATE's packaging comes equipped with a few images of Sapphire's sword wielding female mascot. The box uses a familiar blue and black color scheme and features the card's full name, as well as a few specifications, across the front. The rear end of the box features a more detailed debriefing of the card's specifications and features, as well as a list of some of the awards Sapphire video cards have won. The sides of the box feature the Sapphire logo, as well as more specifications for the HD 7750 ULTIMATE.










Opening up the card's packaging reveals an inner, biodegradable cardboard box. Opening this up reveals a few of the card's included accessories, sitting on top of the card itself. Removing these reveals the HD 7750 ULTIMATE wrapped in an antistatic bag and safely incased in foam. Included with the card was a users guide, an owner's manual, and a drivers CD. Sapphire was also awesome enough to include a DisplayPort cable, along with the usual DVI to VGA adapter!




Now that we've got the card unpacked, let's take a look at the card itself!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Batman: Arkham City
  7. Testing: Battlefield 3
  8. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.5
  9. Testing: Dirt 3
  10. Testing: Mafia II
  11. Testing: 3DMark 11
  12. Testing: Temperatures
  13. Testing: Power Consumption
  14. Conclusion
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