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HIS 7750 IceQ X Turbo

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Posted November 16, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards
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Price at time of Review: $120
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek styling, short length, outstanding temperatures, low noise, good performance
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Not too much cheaper than 7770, can't definitively beat GTX 650
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great styling, temperatures, and value gaming for those on a modest budget.
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by Jake
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Summary

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.

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3 Comments


  1.  
    RivaRage

    AH, Jake…Get with the program! This is PureOC and you didn’t do what this card it intend to be and OC’r. 900Mhz, please juice it and then re-test! This wass PureBS!




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      LOL, thanks for the reminder of our site’s namesake. Unfortunately, there are deadline realities and there isn’t always enough time to push a card to its limit. Besides, this is a budget card, after all. Pushing it to the limit (shall I break out the LN2 on a $120 card??) will result in maybe a 15-20% increase at best, and that’s at medium resolution until the card chokes on the limited buffer. That translates to a few FPS higher in actual numbers; negligible really. While the allure of overclocking might be appealing for a review, the reality is this card (and all other budget cards) aren’t worth it. The risks aren’t worth the returns. :)




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        RivaRage

        That’s OC’n always risk/return. While I’d say it’s reason AMD gave it the 6-pin and HIS is adding a H-P nice cooler. When it hits like $75-80 that 15% OC would root-out that GTX650 for like 30% less cash. That exactly what this card is for… if not it not worth any consideration just being stuck between a 7750 and 7770.





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