Today, let’s take a look at the new Radeon HD 7750, a USD 110 video card based on the latest graphics architecture from AMD, dubbed “Graphics Core Next” or simply “GCN,” which supports the new PCI Express 3.0 connection and the latest DirectX version (11.1).

For a detailed explanation of the new features present on this latest architecture, please read our Radeon HD 7970 review.

The Radeon HD 7750 and Radeon HD 7770 use the codename “Cape Verde.” By the way, this country is located in the Northern Hemisphere, not in the Southern. (This new GPU architecture from AMD used by these video cards is codenamed “Southern Islands.”) We’ve already reviewed the Radeon HD 7770.

At USD 110, the new Radeon HD 7750 competes with the GeForce GTS 450 and is a little cheaper than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. In the table below, we compare the main specifications of the video cards included in our review. The prices listed below do not include rebates and are for the models with the clock and memory configurations listed below. Prices were researched at on the day we published this review, except for the Radeon HD 7750 and the Radeon HD 7770, which are the prices advertised by AMD.

Video Card Core Clock Shader Clock Memory Clock (Effective) Memory Interface Memory Transfer Rate Memory Shaders DirectX Price
Radeon HD 7750 800 MHz 800 MHz 4.5 GHz 128-bit 72 GB/s 1 GB GDDR5 512 11.1 USD 110
Radeon HD 7770 1 GHz 1 GHz 4.5 GHz 128-bit 72 GB/s 1 GB GDDR5 640 11.1 USD 160
GeForce GTS 450 783 MHz 1,566 MHz 3.6 GHz 128-bit 57.7 GB/s 1 GB GDDR5 192 11 USD 110 – USD 140
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 900 MHz 1.8 GHz 4.1 GHz 192-bit 98.4 GB/s 1 GB GDDR5 192 11 USD 120 – 130

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our “AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table” and “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” tutorials.

Today, only the LGA2011 Core i7 processors (“Sandy Bridge-E”) have a PCI Express 3.0 controller. In our Radeon HD 7970 review, we discovered that, at this time, there is no difference between using a PCI Express 2.0 or a PCI Express 3.0 connection. Since the reviewed video card is a mainstream product, we decided to use a different testing platform, based on a Core i5-2500K processor.

Now let’s take a complete look at the AMD Radeon HD 7750 reference model.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.