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September 4, 2013 6:37:07 PM

Hello --

I recently bought a new graphics card a "PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card AX7850 2GBD5-DH"


With this graphics card I also bought a new PSU of 500W.

These will be arriving sometime this coming weekend and I am wondering what kinds of games I will be able to run on my computer, so I can make the pre-purchases.

So here are my overall computer speccs: (after GPU/PSU upgrade)
GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB
PSU: Power Corsair 500W
Processor: Intel Core i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz
RAM: 8.00GB
(I am running windows 8, 64-bit)

So what kinds of games will I be able to play?

Will games such as battlefield 3 play? Skyrim? Bioshock, ect?

Replies would be wonderful!

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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 6:41:07 PM

This link should give you a pretty good idea of the frame rates you'll get with that setup.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778
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September 4, 2013 6:43:01 PM

Zero Cool said:
This link should give you a pretty good idea of the frame rates you'll get with that setup.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778


Does AMD and powercolour work the same? I am new to the whole GPU thing, does the company effect the performance?
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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 6:46:10 PM

AinProds said:
Zero Cool said:
This link should give you a pretty good idea of the frame rates you'll get with that setup.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778


Does AMD and powercolour work the same? I am new to the whole GPU thing, does the company effect the performance?


AMD makes the actual GPU on every Radeon card.

Companies like Powercolor responsible for the PCB, memory, VRM and cooling solutions that are built around it. If the graphics card were a car, AMD would make the engine but Powercolor would make everything else.

Also, yes, when you see "AMD Radeon HD 7850" on that list of benchmarks it is referring to the same GPU that is on the Powercolor card you have.
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September 4, 2013 6:49:46 PM

Zero Cool said:
AinProds said:
Zero Cool said:
This link should give you a pretty good idea of the frame rates you'll get with that setup.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778


Does AMD and powercolour work the same? I am new to the whole GPU thing, does the company effect the performance?


AMD makes the actual GPU on every Radeon card. Companies like Powercolor responsible for the PCB, memory, VRM and cooling solutions that are built around it. If the graphics card were a car, AMD would make the engine but Powercolor would make everything else. Also, yes, when you see AMD Radeon HD 7850 on that list of benchmarks it is the same as the Powercolor you have.


Oh wow, thanks for the explaination! :D  Now I actually understand it a lot more.
Thanks for the answer and assistance :) 
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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 7:00:31 PM

AinProds said:
Zero Cool said:
AinProds said:
Zero Cool said:
This link should give you a pretty good idea of the frame rates you'll get with that setup.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778


Does AMD and powercolour work the same? I am new to the whole GPU thing, does the company effect the performance?


AMD makes the actual GPU on every Radeon card. Companies like Powercolor responsible for the PCB, memory, VRM and cooling solutions that are built around it. If the graphics card were a car, AMD would make the engine but Powercolor would make everything else. Also, yes, when you see AMD Radeon HD 7850 on that list of benchmarks it is the same as the Powercolor you have.


Oh wow, thanks for the explaination! :D  Now I actually understand it a lot more.
Thanks for the answer and assistance :) 


No problem, I'm glad I could help! If you look at this picture it makes a lot more sense compared to the way I explained it. This is a graphics card without the heat sink and fan attached to it. Just for fun pretend it's your PowerColor 7850.



The silver square on the middle of the printed circuit board is the actual graphics processing unit (GPU) and it is made by AMD. In this case it is their 7850. PowerColor buys that GPU from AMD and solders it onto their circuit board, adds things like the memory, voltage regulation and a I/O panel (HDMI, DVI, VGA or Display Port), slaps a heat sink and fan on top of it and then sells it as a PowerColor Radeon HD7850. That's a simple explanation but hopefully makes a little more sense than my first one haha. Enjoy your new card!
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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 7:08:59 PM

And to actually answer your original question, your setup will be able to run pretty much every game currently available on high to ultra settings at 45-60+ FPS (depending on if you choose to use anti aliasing or not). That includes Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Infinite!
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