OVERCLOCKING: most likely unless its not necessary
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i want one that has a good warrenty and cooling most of the cards i read about had problems with cooling or fan problems. also the MSI at Compusa is on backorder. im mainly looking at which company to go for.
I have a Sapphire 7850 (mine happens to be the OC edition). It has really good cooling with two nice big fans on it. The non-OC version also has the same fans.
I always buy Sapphire when I get an AMD card, and I have never been disappointed.
It is also one of the only versions of the card that only needs one 6pin power connector rather than two.
It can for the most part run and match a HD 6970, if you consider the price point difference and that it is the lower end Pitcairn Pro mainstream card vs a high end Cayman XT, you start to see just how strong the little card is;
70+ FPS solid in major gaming titles at 19x12 resolutions.
130w max operating load, runs of 1x6pin, making it a light power consumer.
Overclocking, factory set this card runs at a modest and uninteresting 860mhz, it can be bumped up to 1250mhz like a sunday jog, the oc headroom on all GCN chips is insane, running it at over a ghz gives you more gaming performance than the GTX 570 so this card can hang tough for such a low profile.
The HD 7870GE is $20 more for a lot more performance so it is now badly priced, If AMD drop it down to $200 this card will be a must for any mainstream user buying on budget but it is being limited by its pricing.
To get the true gaming experience you need the overclock, at stock it sits around a HD 6950 performance, it was rather held back by AMD's liberal clocks on the vanilla GCN cards, with Ghz editions being released and rumour of a 7850GE we may get to see this card well and truely dominate the mainstream segmant particularly with the 660ti looking to cost around $300-350.
Hey guys so I was reading this thread and I just actually exchanged my HD 7770 for the 7850. It put my graphics performance at 7.9 rating and increased my fps by almost 100 in WoW and SSF4AE(I know not a lot of graphics requirements) but I am thinking of getting BF3 and I was wondering how exactly would I overclock it for better perfomance? or would it even be worth over clocking? I noticed my temps for the GPU are 37C when im not playing games and 50C when I am. Not sure if this would help with your reply but htought ill post it up there.
Depending on the brand it comes with overclocking software unique to the brand or you can download any of ASUS, MSI, Sapphires respective overclocking tools and use that to overclock the card, alternatively you can use AMD overdrive to overclock either CPU or GPU.
You should look at OCNet and other sites for numbers that other people got using the same card under conventional cooling, that way you can have a benchmark to work off when adjusting core and Vram speeds. Don't aim for to much, aim for the better result and as stable as possible.
It won't make that much difference, the bandwidth of PCI-Exp 2.1 is not fully saturated to concern about that. Just download MSI Afterburner accept the terms and conditions for overclocking and you can overclock your card. It is ultimately the same GCN Pitcairn pro chip, the only thing that changes is the cooler.