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As for the specific graphics cards from ASUS and PowerColor, they both leave a good impression. The ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 is a copy of the reference card from AMD with rather scanty accessories but it showed good overclockability, almost reaching a GPU frequency of 1GB with its default cooling. The PowerColor PCS HD5750 1GB GDDR5 Premium Edition has an advanced cooler, even though slightly noisier than the cooler of the ASUS card, and boasts good overclockability, too (for an HD 5750). So, the PowerColor PCS HD5750 is quite a good option for a starter. If you want to use the described upgrade method later on and add an ASUS EAH5770 or other similar card to it, do not forget that you will need a CrossFireX-compatible mainboard.

Asus EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Summary

Highs:

  • Excellent performance for its class;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;
  • Best anisotropic filtering in the industry;
  • Supports up to three monitors;
  • DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute 11 support;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;
  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;
  • Integrated sound core with HD support;
  • Sound over HDMI;
  • Compact size;
  • Low noise;
  • Low power consumption;
  • High overclocking potential.

 Lows:

  • Performance limited by 128 bit memory bus;
  • Few accessories.

PowerColor PCS HD5750 1GB GDDR5 Premium Edition Summary

Highs:

  • High performance for its class;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;
  • Best anisotropic filtering in the industry;
  • Supports up to three monitors;
  • DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute 11 support;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;
  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;
  • Integrated sound core with HD support;
  • Sound over HDMI;
  • Compact size;
  • Powerful ZEROtherm cooling system;
  • Low power consumption;
  • Good overclocking potential;
  • Colin McRae: Dirt 2 auto simulator game included.

 Lows:

  • Performance limited by 128 bit memory bus.
 
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