ConclusionI was prepared to be impressed with this card, even with the silliness that is the F1 car. The card did not quite reach expectations though. While a solid performer, it was unimpressive when it came to overclocking. The card was quiet at stock speeds through all tested applications, but when overclocking it became necessary to speed the fan up, and then it became quite a bit noisier. That extra noise did not mean high overclocked speeds either.
The top card (HD 5750) is a whole lot smaller than previous generations. The HD 3870 was not a large card for its time and placement, but it was not compact. The GTX 280 at the bottom caused quite a few issues with many cases when it came to fitting in.
Though overclocking was disappointing, the overall card itself proved to be solid at stock speeds. The HD 5750 is quite a card when considering its price and the usable DX11 features it brings to the table is. The card stayed very cool throughout testing, and I did not notice any significant temperature spikes in any application.
Luckily for Asus, this card is being offered at the same price as a lot of other HD 5750s. So this means that users can take advantage of the Asus build quality, the quiet fan, and the snazzy fan shroud.
I think I have actually found the perfect use for this card, at least for myself. This is now in the Home Theater PC. With the fast Vector Adaptive De-Interlacing, bitstreaming audio, and overall quiet operation, it is one of the better HTPC cards around. Throw in solid gaming performance at 1920 x 1080 resolutions, and it is a shoe-in for any serious HTPC with lots of video playback use and a smattering of hard core gaming.
Gone are the days of S-Video/Composite/Component video. Good riddance!
The other applications where I could see this card becoming popular with are older machines whose users have older monitors that still use the DB-15 VGA connector, or a machine that does not have a modern higher power PSU.
In the end Asus has made a solid video card with some fun features that does not cost more than a vanilla HD 5750. While it was uninspiring in terms of overclocking, its stock performance and features overshadows what limitations it has.