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PowerColor releases low-profile Radeon HD 5750 graphics card

by Pete Mason on 19 August 2010, 16:07

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The downside of many HTPC chassis is that they sacrifice size so that they won't look out of place in an entertainment rack or under a TV.  This means that you're often stuck with underpowered low-profile video cards.

While these are fine for video playback, they leave much to be desired when it comes to gaming.

Not content to merely offer single-slot and passively-cooled Radeon HD 5700 cards, PowerColor has today announced a low-profile HD 5750 1GB for the HTPC crowd.

The completely-redesigned board features standard clock speeds of 700MHz for the core and 1,150MHz for the 1GB GDDR5 frame buffer.  The heat generated by the core is removed by a custom twin-fan cooler which promises to keep the board at a reasonable temperature even in smaller cases.

The board features DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs, though the latter will obviously be sacrificed if you use the included low-profile bracket.

This should be a great option for anyone look for some casual gaming on the big screen, and will certainly offer better performance than most other low-profile cards on the market.  We're a little concerned that the fans doesn't exhaust air out of the rear, which could make this HTPC card run hot - and possibly loud - in a small case with poor airflow.

PowerColor's announcement suggests that the HD 5750 Low Profile Edition will be available soon, but there's no mention of pricing just yet.

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PowerColor has today announced a single-slot HD 5750 1GB for the HTPC crowd.
That's the widest “single slot” card I've ever seen :P
That's the widest “single slot” card I've ever seen :P

Gah, stupid mistake. Thanks for picking it up. I'll make the change asap.
Sorted :)

Hopeully we will continue to see a decent range of more powerful low profile cards. Having a low profile system myself I know how difficult it is to get a decent card. My ideal card would be dual dual slot and passive.
See, I have an Antec mini-skeleton, and as much as I want a GPU in there, I'm worried that I'll blow past the limit of the built in 90W PSU/power-brick.

Also, the low-profile slot is only single-width, so I'd be confined to a 5450 or 5550 or something anyway.

At that point, I wonder if it's even worth it.
Well I just have a cheap HD-4550 to tide me over for the mean time (considerable upgrade from my terrible Quadro NVS card). Hopefully when I need more power for GPU acceleration, which will depend on me getting Adobe CS4/5 probably, there will be something that fits my needs and my case :)