The HIS 7750 IceQ X Turbo is an intriguing graphics card. It costs a good $20 more than select HTPC cards which aren’t good for gaming, but about $20 less than a custom GTX 650. Neither a powerhouse gaming card, nor a diminutive HTPC card, the 7750 occupies a bit of a unique spot in the marketplace, and certainly one that looks to capitalize on the lower end of the market. We’re willing to bet that AMD did this on purpose, positioning this card where it essentially has no real true competition in its price bracket, though the GTX 650 isn’t much more expensive.
This particular 7750 comes with a custom IceQ heatsink that does an outstanding job at keeping low temperatures and noise levels. The overall size is very compact, so no worries about a mini-ATX case setup or getting cramped behind a hard drive cage in a normal tower setup. For a budget card, you really can’t ask for much more from this perspective. As we’ve seen lately from HIS, their custom heatsinks perform admirably across the spectrum, from budget to premium cards.
In terms of performance, the 7750 goes up against the GTX 650. And while this HIS card comes with a factory Turbo overclock, the synopsis is that it falls short in a few game titles, trade blows in a couple games, and manages to barely pull ahead in a couple others. On the whole, the 7750 is a bit of a toss up against the GTX 650, though the Nvidia card gets the nod at the wire from us, strictly on a raw performance perspective. That said, cards in this price range aren’t solely about framerates; in fact, the temperatures, power draw, noise levels, and value are likely more important. And on those criteria, the HIS 7750 IceQ X Turbo matches up extremely well against the competition.
The 7750 is certainly not a powerhouse gaming card by any stretch; it’s more suited to consumers on a tight budget, who may still want to do some light gaming at lower or medium resolutions. So if you absolutely need to stick to a frugal budget, then the 7750 IceQ X Turbo is a very nice card to get. It’s a good upgrade for an older system on the cheap, it runs cool and quiet, and provide enough gaming horsepower for lower resolutions and medium image quality settings.
If you can scrape enough cash to splurge for the 7770 then we recommend that option, but it’s a slippery slope as you traverse up the price range, so for consumers on a tight budget that want something for light gaming then the 7750 IceQ X Turbo is a great value choice.
HIS 7750 IceQ X Turbo