Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Sapphire Vapor-X HD5750 has a look all its own. Though, looks aren't what the Vapor-X is all about; it's about performance. Using their patent pending Black Diamond Chokes they can offer a card that is 10% cooler and offers 25% more power efficiency than other cards that use the normal chokes. To keep things even cooler this card uses the Vapor-X cooler.
A key point for me aside from performance (which the Vapor-X has plenty of) is the noise, or lack thereof. Throughout the testing I never heard a peep out of the fan. The test I was sure I would hear the fan on was the power consumption test. I disabled all the other fans in the system so that they wouldn't fluctuate speed and power, and I still couldn't hear the fan on the Vapor-X while it was set on auto.
Another thing to note is the size of this card. It is smaller than all the other cards that I tested. The Sapphire Vapor-X HD5750 Measures only 8 inches to the back of the Vapor-X cooler and only 7.25 inches to the end of the card. If you're looking to build a compact LAN box this would be a great graphics card for that or any other build. If you were to deduct the cost of Colin McRae's DiRT 2 which is likely a $50.00 game from the purchase price of the Sapphire Vapor-X HD5750 you would have a sub-$100.00 card.
Legit Bottom Line: If you're not looking to spend a small fortune on the fastest card available, this card should be on your Short list. It performs great on the latest games and has DirectX 11 support for future games all for the low price of $149.99.
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