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Sapphire HD 5750 Video Card

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Introduction to the Sapphire Radeon HD 5750

When it comes to graphic cards,who the performance leader is usually depends on which of the two big hitters in the industry has the newest cards on the market. For the longest time, nVidia reigned supreme with its high dollar GTX295, a dual GPU single card solution. Many of us could only dream of owning such a card as it costs about the same as most people make on a two week paycheck. If you can't afford or don't want to pay such a high price for a GPU, ATI's HD4890 was a nice card that cost about half the price of the GTX295.

With the introduction of the new HD 5870 from AMD, it seems the tides are turning again. At $399 MSRP, the HD 5870 gives the high-end Nvidia cards a run for its money. At this point, many feel $400 is still too much to pay for a video card. Yet, if you want the latest technology and DirectX 11 support, the only alternative is the HD 5850. At $279 or so, many are waiting for retailers to get more in stock to place their order. It is definitely the best bang for the buck as it competes with the Nvidia GTX275.

On the mid-range front, AMD has today released the HD5750, which is gunning for its older brethren, the HD 4850 and the Nvidia GT250. Curious about the price? We predict the card will hit the shelves at $150. Besides the price point, the HD 5750 offers some of the benefits of the more expensive HD 5870 and 5850, DirectX 11 support and Eyefinity. Yes, the much talked about Eyefinity.

Not as much performance is lost as you would expect from the 128-bit bandwidth, because the technology of the GDDR5 makes up for the lack of bandwidth. ATI did not have to compensate like they did with the HD 4750 when they implemented 128-bit. In the HD 5750, you get them both, but double the memory. Effectively clocked at 4600MHz quad split or 1150MHz single.

The Sapphire model we will look at today is based on the Juniper GPU, which is constructed on the 40nm manufacturing process and the GPU is clocked at 700MHz. This means less power usage, while being a speedy video card at the same time. At such speeds, the HD 5750 looks to be the ideal partner to the Intel P55 and an Intel i5 750 CPU or AMD 785 and a X4 Quad processor. Enough of the numbers and other technology genre, let's check this out and begin our testing modes for the article.

Sapphire speaks about the HD 5750

Now, more people than ever can experience real innovation in DirectX® 11 gaming with ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series graphics processors. Loaded with advanced technology, these GPUs have the power and premium features you need for fully immersive game play. Expand your visual real estate across up to three displays and get lost in the action with revolutionary *ATI Eyefinity Technology. Using ATI Stream technology, accelerate even the most demanding applications and do more than ever with your PC.** The first GPUs in this class to offer full support for DirectX 11, these GPUs enable rich, realistic visuals and explosive HD gaming performance so you can dominate the competition.