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Club 3D Radeon HD 7750 royalQueen 1GB

Club 3D sent us their Radeon HD 7750 royalQueen 1GB. With the previous-generation Radeon cards many manufacturers used the Radeon HD 6770 for building a passive card. The new Radeon HD 7750 is similar in terms of performance, but more energy-efficient, which makes this GPU more appropriate. Club 3D uses quite a heatsink, that's linked via two heatpipes to a baseplate on the GPU. This card takes up three expansion slots thanks to that heatsink.

Except for the passive cooler, this royalQueen is a standard Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM on standard clock frequencies: 800 MHz for the GPU and 1125 MHz for the memory. The card has dual-link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort ports, so it's possible to connect three monitors. In 3DMark Vantage the card scores 12433 points and in 3DMark11 it scores 2759, which are standard scores for a 7750. Club 3D along with 7750 from Sapphire are the fastest in this test.

The temperatures are very reasonable. After two runs of Metro 2033 the drivers indicate 61 degrees, and we measure 64.5 degrees. That's dozens of degrees below the maximum temperature of the Radeon HD 7750. With an average price of £95 it's only about £10 more expensive than standard 7750 cards.

Club 3D Radeon HD 7750 royalQueen 1GB

Club 3D Radeon HD 7750 royalQueen 1GB

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