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XFX GeForce PCX 5750

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      09.02.2012 19:45
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      Give this card a miss.

      I bought this nifty little card for my younger brother for Christmas and I wish I hadn't. Don't get me wrong, the card itself is a decent performer.

      This is around two generations (now to be 4 generations) old but it is capable of playing Call of Duty and Battlefield series of titles; albeit not at maximum settings.

      Don't get confused by the name, this is not a ATi 5750, in fact it is an nVidia GeFroce card. XFX didn't throw in any extras like Sapphire do with their cards; there were no DVI/HDMI adapters. The box came with the card, driver disc and a serial - which you register with XFX to get their support.

      The card itself is quite small compared to its bigger siblings and is perfect for small-medium sized desktops. It probably will also fit in small home media centres. The heatsink and fan are very small and so produces very little noise.

      Installation is is the same as any other PCIE card - simply slot it in and install drivers, so no problems there. As card is a single slot solution (it only takes up one slot on your cases rear expansion bay) it draws its power from the motherboard - its quite efficient on that front. So there is no hassle of requiring 4/6pin cable from PSU. Be aware though that you will need atleast a 300W PSU to handle this card otherwise your system may have a lot of stability issues and may crash.

      As its a DirectX 9 card, don't expect to play the latest DirectX 11 games. However this will handle media playback flawlessly so no issues if you are looking to buy this for media purposes. It can however handle Valve Source engine based games easily - titles such as Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike Source will play beautifully on this.

      Now, my major disappointment with the card was with the support provided by XFX. As I mentioned there is a serial that comes with the card - you register this with their site so that you can get support at a personal level.

      Needless to say that the card malfunctioned within a month and I had to chase the vendor for a replacement, however I was told to take the issue with XFX. It was a silly circle of passing the buck where XFX would tell me to take the matter with the vendor and the vendor to XFX. Eventually both parties agreed to do a replacement but this whole process took 3 months.

      Therefore, even for the price and the size and performance for the needs of your system, I can't recommend this card due to the shoddy support provided by XFX.

      There are far better alternatives at similar prices which is also capable of DX 11 gaming.

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