The heatsink on this $140 ASUS 5750 Formula is pretty stylish for this level of graphics card, but the big question for everyone who doesn’t own an acrylic case is what the cooling performance is like.  ASUS claims a 13% increase in cooling ability thanks to the cooler and they also redesigned the PCB in part to put on a standard 15 pin VGA connector and dropping the DisplayPort.  Since there is a good chance that this card is either a cheap upgrade or a basis for an HTPC, that swap does make sense.  Drop by LOSTCIRCUITS to see which of the current games on the market this GPU can handle.

“Overall, the experience with the ASUS EAH5750 Formula was extremely positive. The card is extremely quiet and a great complement to any mid-range to low high-end setup. If we do the math, the entire rig comes out to roughly US$600 (assuming we take an Athlon II X4 620 instead of the Phenom II X4 965 BE). That is without a gaming mouse and keyboard and monitor of course but those are the things that are usually carried over anyway. Realistically, a system as the one used as test bed here is probably the optimal platform for the ASUS EAH 5750 Formula. Any higher reolution screen or faster processor would either push the limits of the card or else be overkill. In other words, here is an incredible value proposition for a gaming system where the entire rig doesn’t cost much more than the price tag of just a single high-end graphics card about 2 years ago. And that’s with the same or maybe even better performance.”

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