To benchmark video cards, we will use our suite of popular games, as well as synthetic benchmarks. For testing purposes, all scores will be posted on a graphical chart and broken down into sections relative to their classifications (Synthetic, DirectX 11, etc). Graphs will measure Frames per Second (FPS) except for 3DMark 11, which will reflect an overall score, and a resolution of 1680 x 1050 will be used. All benchmarks will be tested with the most recent drivers, firmware and BIOS. Hi Tech Legion does not use a database to store its numbers for future use, so all the benchmarks you will see in this review have been performed within the time allotted.


Test System(s):


  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600
  • Motherboard: ASUS Striker Extreme
  • Heatsink: Phantek PH-TC14PE
  • Thermal Paste: Noctua NT-H1
  • Video Card: Sapphire HD 7750 Low Profile (12.6)
  • Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800
  • Power Supply: OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series PSU (OCZ750FTY)
  • Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 7200RPM 250GB
  • Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner
  • Case: CM Storm Stryker
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit




DirectX 11

  • 3DMark 11
  • Unigine 3.0 (DirectX 11)
  • Battlefield 3
  • Aliens vs Predator
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Civilization 5
  • F1 2010
  • DiRT 3
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution

DirectX 9 and 10

AMD APP Acceleration

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • Mafia II
  • Adobe Flash 13.3
  • Cyberlink MediaEspresso



Outline for testing:

  • Benchmark the video card using the benchmark suite to see advantages or disadvantages in gaming performance compared to current video cards in the same price range.
  • Performance Tune the video card using the Sapphire TriXX software
  • Measure the heat output and subjectively compare the noise generated by the video card during idle and load.
  • Resolutions Used:
  1. Single monitor - 1680 x 1050 except for 3dMark11 where a resolution of 1280 X 720 was used
  • Temperatures:
  1. All temperatures taken with GPU-Z and will be read in Celsius.
  • Power Consumption:
  1. Power consumption will be evaluated using an electronic energy meter and read in Watts.