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Best Radeon 7850 Card?

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Which Radeon 7850 would you recommend?

Total: 369 votes (277 blank votes)

  • XFX FX-785A-CNBC Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition
  • 9 %
  • SAPPHIRE 11200-01-20G Radeon HD 7850
  • 28 %
  • MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850
  • 30 %
  • GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850
  • 11 %
  • ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850
  • 21 %
  • DIAMOND 7850PE52G Radeon HD 7850
  • 4 %
April 11, 2012 5:44:48 AM

Its been awhile since I bought a video card, last time I bought a card was my 9800 and ATI made their own cards.

I am now looking at getting a Radeon 7850. Which version (maker) of the 7850 would you guys recommend? I noticed on NewEgg the MSI, Sapphire, and XFX are currently out of stock. Should I wait for one of these to be back in stock or go with an ASUS or another maker?

XFX FX-785A-CNBC Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 11200-01-20G Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DIAMOND 7850PE52G Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: I also noticed the Core Clock Speed is different for different models. Should I consider this at all when choosing or can they all pretty much be overclocked at a higher rate anyway?

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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 6:11:05 AM

I Personally vote for the MSI Twin frozer III. Yes it is out of stock, but you could wait :) .
April 11, 2012 6:15:08 AM

refillable said:
I Personally vote for the MSI Twin frozer III. Yes it is out of stock, but you could wait :) .


Any reason to like the MSI one better? Or just prefer MSI in general?

Not to familiar with these makers, but I have heard of MSI and ASUS before.
a c 175 U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 6:26:21 AM

It's just my personal preference that I like Twin Frozer III over other coolers, they just look nice to me :) . Performance wise, I think they are pretty similar. So grab one if you can.
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:14:56 AM

i just go with sapphire, never had an issue.
April 11, 2012 9:38:01 PM

Ok thanks. I just got a message from New Egg this morning informing that the MSI R7850 Twin Frozr was back in stock. Just checked again a couple hours later and its sold out again :o 

I also noticed the Core Clock Speed is different for different models. Should I consider this at all when choosing or can they all pretty much be overclocked at a higher rate anyway?
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2012 9:43:04 PM

It's hit or miss. Mine is factory overclocked and is only stable up to 1150, while other have hit 1250 on the core. o.o

Really doesn't matter between Sapphire, MSI, Asus, they're all pretty good.
April 12, 2012 12:02:08 AM

I am waiting for asus 7850 @ amazon for $250 no tax and free 2day ship... $3.99 overnight. It was between MSI and ASUS for me. MSI cooler is a different design than its bigger counter part. Im not sure about its efficiency.. msi 7850 has smaller fans, and only have 3 heat pipes... but asus 7850 comes with the same cooler as the 7870 card.

XFX on the other hand has its memory cooled somewhat, vs msi/asus no cooling

but if your going to stay stock and not overclock then i guess any of these cards are fine...
April 14, 2012 7:53:04 PM

What do you guys think about XFX single vs double fans? I only see the single fan version on newegg, but all the reviews online are of the double d
April 14, 2012 10:25:39 PM

they have 4 flavors.

CORE = 1 FAN
DOUBLE D = 1 FAN
BLACK EDITION = 1 FAN
BLACK EDITION DOUBLE D = 2 fANS

xfx looks cool though except for the price. though 7850 has a small chip that 3 heat pipes can cover it all.. eg: asus/msi

asus: 7.2cm fans, 3 heat pipe
msi 7cm fans, 3 heat pipe

i do like that thermal ghost plate xfx has to cool the memory.
http://hwzone.co.il/view-image/reviews-files/xfx7850/IM...

IMO, i went with asus 7850 for $235, +$5/ 2 day ship, no tax @ tigerdirect ($20 instant off via email promo)

ATM you can only buy XFX Double D in europe e-tailers... but for the price, i'd cough a couple more for a 7870 here in US
April 14, 2012 11:23:34 PM

Thanks for the info. I'm still leaning towards the MSI if the do get it back on stock soon.

If I did go with the xfx, would the single fan prevent overclocking at all? Any idea of how much a second fan really impacts the temperature?
April 29, 2012 3:57:52 PM

from what i have been reading if u plan to oc then yes more cooling is better plus i have to assume that 2 fans can run slower while handling temp vs 1 fan. seems factory oc items is just a no nonsense version for people who dont want to tinker, but it also seems the some of the cards with 2 fans are already factory oc so it really dont matter. if u can get a stock card with a high end cooler then your good to go if not your still good to go but may pay a bit more
April 29, 2012 4:45:04 PM

i have the sapphire OC edition, which has a better cooler/fan setup than the reference card.

FYI mine is running at 1200/1450 overclock at 1.176v, and only hitting 71c in unigine with normal fan settings.

lots of guys over at the UK overclockers forums are reporting the exactly same speed at the exact same voltage as mine, so the sapphire OC edition is a very safe bet. i've heard the asus cards are even better.
April 30, 2012 9:24:10 PM

tuffluck said:
i have the sapphire OC edition, which has a better cooler/fan setup than the reference card.

FYI mine is running at 1200/1450 overclock at 1.176v, and only hitting 71c in unigine with normal fan settings.

lots of guys over at the UK overclockers forums are reporting the exactly same speed at the exact same voltage as mine, so the sapphire OC edition is a very safe bet. i've heard the asus cards are even better.

im not so sure this is true i think you have to get into a 7870 for the better cooler. looks the same on sapphires website to me. im thinking asus 7850 must be better with the 7870 cooler on there. idk i seen one with memory heatsnks as well think it was a xfx. i wish something decent was in stock. called asus today and was told there in no rush to produce any more 28nm gpu's, weird i dont get it. both newegg and tigerdirect removed them from the lineup

can anyone confirm that the saphire 7850 oc version has a better cooler. if it does i may go that way
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
May 14, 2012 6:36:22 PM

I have a Sapphire 7850 OC and it is great. I can play Batman: Arkham City at max settings at 1920x1080 with no lag at all. Keep sunder 50°C as well. Nice copper heatpipes :bounce: 

At idle it's about <40°C.

Plus you can OC it more with Sapphire TriXX.

Im in the UK and got it for <£200 which is a good deal considering the demand and populairty of the card.
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