To be completely honest I find myself a little shocked; I really had fun testing the HD 7750 CrossFire setup and it's really quite amazing to see the performance gains you're able to get out of the $220 video card setup.
In the end, though, I'm not too sure who is going to be looking at a setup like this. No doubt something like the upcoming HD 7800 series are going to be more interesting for around the $220 mark per video card.
We can also see that while we do see some awesome gains from the setup that equate to a little over 100% at times thanks to fluctuation, when we move to 1920 x 1200 on most newer engines, the setup continues to struggle to offer us playable FPS.
This is a really cool and fun setup, but that's about it; it's really just cool and fun and not all that practical for most people. In the end, sitting alone or in CrossFire the HD 7750 still carries the same problems when it comes to its current pricing against the HD 6850, which is around $135 after rebate or the HD 6870 at just $5 - $15 US more.
In time the HD 7700 series is going to find a place as AMD sell out of HD 6800 series cards; but like we've said so many times already, there's still plenty of stock on the market at a really aggressive price point helping take a lot of the shine off these new HD 7700 series cards.
The most appealing aspect of the reference design is the single slot cooler. Every other card we've seen so far has opted for a dual slot design and it's nice to see that the HD 7750 can work with no issue under a single slot format.
If we see the price drop a bit, companies become more creative with the cooling solution and see the HD 6800s finally leave the market, the HD 7750 and just the HD 7700 series on a whole can start to see some success. For now, though, the HD 6800 is still here in force, and it's at the price point it is. Because of that, as we've said in all our other HD 7700 pieces, that's the model I'd be currently looking at for the moment.
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