Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

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Gaming: The HD 7750 offers similar performance to the HD 5750/6750. Users can expect fairly good framerates at 1680x1050 in most games, but anything higher would probably be pushing it. For more extensive 3D testing of the HD 7750, we encourage you to check out more gaming-oriented reviews at sites like Guru3D, HardwareCanucks or AnandTech.

Video Playback: Video playback remains unchanged in the HD 7000 series, as the same capable UVD 3.0 decoder from the HD 6000 series is present. You can expect the usual goodies including H.264/VC-1 acceleration, bitstreaming for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA audio, stereoscopic 3D, etc.

Power Consumption: By our estimates, the HD 7750 uses about 8W when idle and up to 42W on full load, though these figures may be slightly higher for versions of the GPU with less extravagant cooling. Its energy efficiency is amazing when you consider that it uses just 55% of the power the HD 5750 consumes on load.

Cooling: The massive fanless heatsink is what separates the Sapphire Ultimate edition from the other the HD 7750 cards. Given the GPU's low power demands, the cooler is larger than it needs to be, but the extra bulk certainly doesn't hurt. In our thermally-demanding test system, the GPU never peaked past 70°C and produced no noise.

Price: Currently selling for US$125, the Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate is a very good deal compared to other HD 7750 models, which can be found for around US$110. Fifteen dollars is a minuscule premium to pay for an upgraded fanless cooler. But there is a bit of a problem with the pricing of the HD 7750 in general. The previous generation HD 5750/6750 cards offer the same performance for about US$80. Yes, the HD 7750 is more energy efficient, but are these differences enough to justify paying 38% more? In addition, you can acquire an HD 5770/6770 for just US$90, which is a step up in performance from both cards.

There's no question that the Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate deserves our recommendation, given its no noise performance and low power consumption. Only the value question holds it back from an Editor's Choice award.

Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate is Recommended by SPCR

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