Asus EAH5750 Formula Graphics Card

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Asus Radeon HD 5750 Formula

February 21, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product
ASUS EAH5750 FORMULA/2DI/1GD5
PCI-E Graphics Card
Manufacturer
Street Price
~US$140

GPU manufacturers typically push their high-end solutions most, garnering as much publicity as they can as a marketing tool. As a result ATI's HD Radeon 5870 and 5970 graphics cards receive the most hype even though it's well known that the midrange segment is far more profitable. Most users cannot or are unwilling to spend $300+ so mainstream cards are really the bread and butter of industry. ATI has traditionally been very strong in discrete graphics at the $100~$200 level and their current competition is a bit dated to say the least. Nvidia's midrange GeForce 9800 and GTS 250 cards are based on the two year old G92 core. While Nvidia is readying their new GF100 cards, it should be several months before they hit the channel with force. In the meantime, cards like the HD 5750 and the 5770 may offer the best value. Our first HD 5750 sample comes courtesy of Asus in the form of the EAH5750 Formula.


The box.

The EAH5750 Formula comes in an attractive blue box featuring a race car speeding on ice. This is a reference to the design of the heatsink and its supposed thermal advantages. Asus claims it runs 13% cooler than the reference HD 5750 heatsink thanks to its "aerodynamic cover design" and the extra ridges on the heatsink fins. The latter feature makes sense as it increases the cooler's overall surface area, but we're skeptical on whether the funny-looking race car cover provides any advantage over the standard fare. The size of the heatsink and fan are probably more critical to its performance. The Formula also has a "dust free" fan which could increase its efficiency over time as well as its overall lifespan, though there weren't many details explaining how this works in Asus' literature.


Heatsink design notes.



Accessories include a CrossFire bridge, 6-pin power and HDMI to DVI adapters.



Technical specifications according to GPU-Z.

From a technical standpoint the HD 5750 is a fair match for the HD 4850. The 4850 has a wider memory bus (256-bit vs. 128-bit) and 80 more shaders. To make up for this, the 5750 sports a slightly higher clocked graphics core and faster GDDR5 memory. Our sample shipped with Samsung memory chips rated for 1250MHz, so there may be some overclocking headroom. Horsepower aside, energy efficiency may be equally important as a mid-level graphics card may spend more time idle in a casual gamer's machine. If the power savings are anything like that of the HD 5850, which outperforms both the 4870 and 4890 yet draws much less power when idle, it could make a substantial impact on overall system power consumption.

Specifications: Asus EAH5750 FORMULA/2DI/1GD5
(from the product web page)
Graphics Engine ATI Radeon HD 5750
Video& Color Engine ASUS Splendid HD
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.1
Video Memory GDDR5 1G
Engine Clock 700 MHz
Memory Clock 4.6 GHz ( 1150 MHz DDR5 )
RAMDAC 400MHz
Memory Interface 128-bit
CRT Max Resolution 2048 x 1536
DVI Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
D-Sub Output Yes x 1
DVI Output Yes x 2 (via HDMI to DVI adapter x 1)
HDMI Output Yes x 1
HDCP Support Yes
Adapter/Cable Bundled 1 x CrossFire cable
1 x Power cable
1 x HDMI to DVI adaptor
Software Bundled ASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS Features Xtreme Design
Formula Series
Note The card size is 7.18 inches x 4.65 inches


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