HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler Graphics Card Review



Product: HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler
Company: HIS
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: March 12th, 2012

Summary & Conclusions

The HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler addresses the weak point of the reference AMD design with a simple but effective cooler that's exceptionally quiet in operation. Despite being so quiet, it also delivers superior cooling, remaining cooler under overclocked load and should offer more core clock headroom when the Cape Verde Pro VRMs are supported in tweak tools. In Crossfire the HD 7750 can chase down a HD 6950, especially when the Cape Verde pair are overclocked - and still use less power, generate less heat, and be significantly quieter. Two 75W cards matching the performance of a 190W card? Wow.

The HIS 7750 iCooler hits the suggested e-tail price of the AMD Radeon HD 7750, no premium markup here despite the improved cooling. If we are to nitpick, we'd say there ought to be an HDMI or DP to DVI adapter in the box, to enable simpler multi-display use, but this card while capable of Eyefinity really only gets the basic horsepower for triple 1080 gaming when paired with another card. If you're gonna do that, the memory bandwidth limitations become more obvious.

The main competition to the HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler are the previous generation cards now hovering around the $100USD price point. If performance is your only purchase criterion, one of the many end of life deals for HD 6800 or firesale GeForce 550 cards might be a better buy. But if you're at all sensitive to power consumption, AMD's power technologies, PowerTune and Zero Core Power, make a compelling case.

iCooler vs. Stock

For a combination gamer/HTPC build, this is a great choice - quiet, powerful, overclockable, fantastic IQ options, and cheap. AMD's UVD 3 supports hardware accelerated decode of Flash, DiVX, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, H264, VC-1 and more, with AMD Picture Perfect HD setting the standard for post processing flexibility and quality. AMD's positional audio capabilities mean if you decide to connect a TV as well as a monitor to you card, you can control where the audio is played for different applications, which might be quite useful.

We award the HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler 5 stars, for significantly improving the cooling and noise aspects of the Cape Verde Pro design without increasing cost, and adding overclocking headroom at the same time. A great value offering with fantastic performance/watt and the latest standards (DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2, C++ AMP, OpenCL 1.2 and Fast HDMI, Positional Audio) already supported.