Asus EAH5750 Formula Graphics Card

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Gaming: Please check out gaming-oriented reviews of the HD 5750 at sites like like HardwareCanucks, The Tech Report, and techPowerUp. The general consensus is that the HD 5750 is a decent midrange graphics card with a small increase in performance over the HD 4850/4830, and is a competitive rival for the GeForce GTS 250. It is aptly suited for gaming at resolutions of 1680x1050 and below.

Power Consumption: By our estimates, the Asus EAH5750 Formula 25W when idle and 77W under full load. Given the HD 5000 series' reputation for energy efficiency, we were expecting a bit less. The overall power consumption is about on par with other cards in its class.

Cooling: The unique race-car themed heatsink adopted by Asus for the EAH5750 Formula is an efficient cooling solution though we can't say for sure whether the touted design elements are crucial to its performance. The size of the heatsink and fan are more than suitable for the amount of power required by the 5750. Inside a case at one meter's distance, the overall noise character is very smooth and inconspicuous whether idle or on load. However, on load the power draw goes up by 50W yet the noise level increases by only 1 dBA, so it's fairly obvious that its idle fan speed could be lowered. As it's also very cool when idle, we see little harm in reducing the minimum fan speed — it would be an easy way for Asus to improve its acoustics further.

The Asus EAH5750 Formula is a reasonably quiet, well-performing midrange graphics card. It's also fairly energy efficient card, though we were expecting more of an improvement over its predecessors. Like all modern video cards, it plays high definition video easily but as a member of the HD 5000 series it can also bitstream Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio through HDMI. The card itself is physically short and takes up two expansion slots, but it doesn't have a DisplayPort connector so it does not support ATI's Eyefinity multi-display technology. If this is a feature you'd like to have, it's not an expensive upgrade as Eyefinity-supported 5750's can be found for as little as $145 compared to the EAH5750 Formula's $140 price-tag; the price difference is almost negligible. If you have a little extra cash, you may also want to move up a step to the HD 5770 for $160.

February 27th, 2010 ~ Reviewer's note:

We were mistaken in our assumption that Eyefinity is not supported due to the lack of a DisplayPort. It does support Eyefinity, but with two displays only. Our apologies for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused.

Our thanks to ASUSTeK for the EAH5750 Formula sample.

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