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ASUS vs Sapphire Radeon HD 7850

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May 19, 2012 4:49:20 PM

I am considering either an ASUS or Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 graphics card. Which would you recommend based on reliability, performance (including temperature) and warranty? I plan to play Diablo 3, and I realize this card is probably overkill. I'm thinking long term here.

I have a Dell XPS 8500 with these specs:
3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3450 processor 3.10 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz
8GB DDR3 SDRAM AT 1600MHZ-2x4GB
AMD Radeon HD 7570 1GB GDDR5 (actually a 6570, to be replaced)
2TB SATA 6Gb/s,7200RPM
Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24" Widescreen LCD Full HD 1920x1080 resolution
460 Watt PS (90%)
Intel H77 motherboard PCI Express 2.0
16X DVD+/-RW
XPS 8500, Black Chassis w/19:1 media card reader
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
May 19, 2012 5:01:46 PM

I would recommend sapphire, in my opinion they are the best AMD GPU brand,should be a bit cheaper than asus cards and also you will get an free HDMI cable with sapphire (don't know about the asus).If i m not mistaken sapphire card also have twin fans.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 19, 2012 5:07:27 PM

They are both one of the best AMD card manufacturer. I would get the cheapest one available. I will also see the PSU make sure it is good.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
May 19, 2012 5:10:40 PM

Sapphire is the largest AMD card provider that is hong kong based with years more experience then some of its competitors which focus mostly on their gpus and has their computer accessories, mobos and psus on the quiet end

Asus is a taiwanese based company who has years of experience making computer parts in all sectors of computer building with experience building cards with amd and nvidia chipsets.

really, almost cant go wrong picking either, both are industry giants in the amd world
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May 20, 2012 6:39:44 AM

Would you all agree that the Radeon HD 7850 will work fine in my XPS 8500 even with my PSU at below recommended specs? I believe it will because of the single 6 pin power connection to the PSU and the relatively low power usage by this card. Your thoughts?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 6:49:15 AM

You can post the label of the PSU here. I think it should be fine since I trust Dell and HP PSUs. Just make sure you have at least 1 6-pin PCI-E connector from the PSU.
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May 20, 2012 6:55:23 AM

Dell Inc. Switching Power Supply
Model HU460AD-01
UP/N:HK560-17FP
DP/N:6GPR9

I believe I see two 6-pin PCI-E connectors
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 6:58:24 AM

Two? That should be more than enough, make sure it looks like this:



How is the amperages? To be honest to see that there is 2 PCI-E connector I think it should be more than enough, but to make myself really really sure I need to see the amperages.
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May 20, 2012 7:12:15 AM

That is identical, although one of the 6 pin connectors extends out of the other one. I assume that is typical.

Here are a few more specs:
100-240V
50-60Hz, 8A
+12VA 18A
+12VC 8A
+5V 25A
+5Vaux 3.0A
+12VB 16A
+3.3V 17A
-12V .3A
+5V and +3.3V shall not exceed 142W
+12VA, +12VB and +12VC shall not exceed 385W
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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 7:20:09 AM

why dont you upgrade your psu to atleast cx 500w psu or ocz modstream 600w psu.:) 
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a c 106 U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 7:25:48 AM




according to anandtech, the 7950 takes 289w on load, so
289w/12v=24 amps on the gpu alone, so if your psu can hold off 24 amps coninuously without any fluctuations, its possible to make it though
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May 20, 2012 7:27:41 AM

refillable said:
Two? That should be more than enough, make sure it looks like this:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/pcie6index.jpg

How is the amperages? To be honest to see that there is 2 PCI-E connector I think it should be more than enough, but to make myself really really sure I need to see the amperages.


Oh, and by the way, it is labeled as a Dell product. There is no manufacturer information that I can see, other than "Made in China."
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May 20, 2012 7:29:37 AM

dudewitbow said:
according to anandtech, the 7950 takes 289w on load, so
289w/12v=24 amps on the gpu alone, so if your psu can hold off 24 amps coninuously without any fluctuations, its possible to make it though


You mean the 7850, right?
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May 20, 2012 7:31:09 AM

sunnk said:
why dont you upgrade your psu to atleast cx 500w psu or ocz modstream 600w psu.:) 


I may do that down the road, if necessary, but I'm in cost containment mode right now. That Radeon HD 7850 isn't cheap.
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May 20, 2012 7:31:31 AM

daverader1 said:
You mean the 7850, right?


yeah, typing in the dark, not proofreading

side note: 24 amps as well as a few amps for the rest of the computer.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 20, 2012 7:35:10 AM

I think it will be fine, 7850 only needs about 24A on the +12V rail to run. Since the 3 +12V rail can provide (385W/12V)≈32A, I think it will be pretty good.
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May 20, 2012 7:39:32 AM

refillable said:
I think it will be fine, 7850 only needs about 24A on the +12V rail to run. Since the 3 +12V rail can provide (385W/12V)≈32A, I think it will be pretty good.


Excellent! Thank you for the insight!

I've read a lot of positive reviews about this card, so I'm happy to hear this news.
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May 20, 2012 7:41:27 AM

dudewitbow said:
yeah, typing in the dark, not proofreading

side note: 24 amps as well as a few amps for the rest of the computer.


Thanks to you as well! Good information!
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May 29, 2012 6:37:28 PM

Best answer selected by daverader1.
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June 13, 2012 3:56:53 PM

dudewitbow said:
according to anandtech, the 7950 takes 289w on load, so
289w/12v=24 amps on the gpu alone, so if your psu can hold off 24 amps coninuously without any fluctuations, its possible to make it though

This is not correct, the 7850 (which is what you meant) takes about 100 - 130W under load. 289W is the full system load, not the gpu load alone. You should be fine with the 460W Dell PSU.
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