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What brand 7850 should I get?

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July 19, 2012 1:59:32 PM

I cant decide between the xfx, the sapphire and the his. what do you think? could I xfire on a 600w psu? I know I cant on the xfx because it has 2 6 pin power.
XFX- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 2:22:23 PM

most positivly the msi version highest core clock and decent cooling i have the sapphire one but i hear that the msi version is better
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 2:23:31 PM

oh and the 7850 only uses 130w off power so you would be pushing your psn
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 2:31:46 PM

ASUS - 1000MHz OC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sad though, my favorite graphics cards are manufactured by Gigabyte; buy I wouldn't buy their 7850 - not a Windforce X3 model (I always get massive overclocks out of my Gigabyte cards that are Windforce)

Regardless, something to keep in mind if you want to overclock any graphics card, however, is that XFX's Double D, Gigabyte's Windforce X3, ASUS DirectCU II, Sapphire's VaporX, and MSI's Twin FrozrII are the best coolers on the market and make sure if you get any version of a card they have those (for example, DO NOT buy any XFX "core" edition card).

As for crossfire with a 600W PSU? Unless you have the best rated 600W PSU on the market I doubt your system would ever be stable at load with two GPUs on a PSU with that low of a watt rating.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 2:34:40 PM

You'd have to find reviews of your PSU to see what the maximum stable load they (the reviewers) were able to get off it. So maybe, maybe not.
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July 19, 2012 2:50:22 PM

I would go for sapphire. I have a sapphire hd 6950, used to have a sapphire hd 5670 and a few friends use sapphire as well and no one has had any problems with them so far.

On the AMD site it says:
"500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology."

It's always safe to check the brand of the PSU and see how good it actually is. It might not be able to run 2x HD 7850 in crossfire because it's low quality.

Hope this helps :) 
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 9:19:54 PM

vyreon said:
I would go for sapphire. I have a sapphire hd 6950, used to have a sapphire hd 5670 and a few friends use sapphire as well and no one has had any problems with them so far.

On the AMD site it says:
"500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology."

It's always safe to check the brand of the PSU and see how good it actually is. It might not be able to run 2x HD 7850 in crossfire because it's low quality.

Hope this helps :) 

Ironically, all my Sapphire card have been excellent (and still work) with the exception of I kid you not, two 6870s in a row, both defective. It all worked out though since I ended up getting a superclocked Gigabyte 6950 that unlocked to 6970 shaders. It's too bad I don't think you can do that to the 7950, otherwise I'd buy one. :o 
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 9:24:30 PM

sapphire does make good card at reasonable prices
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 9:42:02 PM

I would suggest ASUS->MSI->Gigabyte->Sapphire->HIS/PowerColor sequence of recommendations.
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July 20, 2012 1:16:49 AM

Will that card fit in a haf 912?
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 1:24:00 AM

yes my 7850 fits fine in the same case
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 10:44:14 AM

Maxwh2o said:
I think I will go with the
ASUS - 1000MHz OC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

lol I just checked this link out again for curiosity of the card... it's totally sold out!

I guess everyone else must have found the 1GHz clock to be as ludicrous as I did.
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July 20, 2012 12:04:55 PM

When do yuo think it will come back in stock?
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 8:18:39 PM

Maxwh2o said:
Should I wait till that comes back in stock or just get this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could auto-notify for newegg to let you know when it's in stock, or try calling them and finding out an estimate as to when it'll be available. (EDIT: You actually might want to call Newegg, as it looks like the card is literally "Sold Out" and not just out of stock. I tried to find the card literally anywhere else on the internet, and the best I could find was that card selling for $300 and at that price you could get a 7870 or even a 7950 after rebate.)

If you can't wait, buy the ASUS card (that isn't OC'd) for its cooler, which will let you get a high OC, or this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you want a guaranteed stock 1GHz overclock and a decent cooler.
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July 21, 2012 12:02:29 AM

is the powercolor one good? Hows that brand?
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 1:03:42 AM

PowerColor sells a lot of good, well reviewed cards that come with a two year warranty (not three like Gigabyte and I think ASUS), the cards are almost always made by the OEM, Foxconn in China and PowerColor itself is a Taiwanese company. Their main competitor globally is Sapphire, if I remember correctly.

I personally have owned a powercolor card, but it's been many years; never had any problems with it, though.
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 9:17:05 PM

If mail in rebates work for you I'd still go with a 7850 over a 570 as the 570 uses a massive amount of power in comparison. As for the XFX, it has an excellent cooler, you should be able to max your overclock in CCC.
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 9:21:04 PM

The MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC would also be a good choice at $260 with an impressive cooler and a stock 900MHz clock (free 2 day shipping if you sign up for a shop-runner trial)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: Apparently MSI has two Twin Frozr 7850 versions and the better one (with the better cooler) is $270 with a 950MHz overclock. This changes my recommendation to the XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC you linked as it has one of the best coolers and should easily hit a high overclock.
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July 21, 2012 9:25:08 PM

Xfx or asus?
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July 21, 2012 10:16:15 PM

Could i just go with the 570 because my psu can handle it
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 11:01:27 PM

That Seasonic PSU most definitely can handle a 570 no problem. Good build, by the way.
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July 21, 2012 11:03:31 PM

Thanks I think I am ordering it tonight
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July 21, 2012 11:07:32 PM

Will the psu be able to OC the gpu and cpu?
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a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2012 12:54:17 AM

Maxwh2o said:
Will the psu be able to OC the gpu and cpu?

Yes, it will be able to handle overclocking the CPU and GPU. You likely could over-volt the GPU as well as the CPU and still have breathing room for extra devices.

I myself have a 650W Seasonic PSU and with only one 6970 in my rig I've never even come close to its max power output. If I had any desire to crossfire (not a fan of dual GPU setups) I would have looked at an 800/850W unit but trust me 620-650W is plenty of power.
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