Every month we make it a point to recommend graphics cards at a number of different price points in Best Graphics Cards For The Money. Right now, AMD's Radeon HD 7850 is one of our favorites.
Because we've seen several cases where the 1 GB 7850s get choked up at higher resolutions and with anti-aliasing enabled, we're happy to spring for a 2 GB model in today's guide.
There are several cards selling for as low as $190. However, MSI's R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC currently goes for $220 with a $15 rebate, bringing its price down to $205. For that small price premium, you get an overclocked Pitcairn GPU operating at 900 MHz (rather than the reference 860 MHz) and 2 GB of GDDR5 at 1200 MT/s. The company's bundled Afterburner tuning tool, a favorite of ours, gives you the freedom to explore the card's overclocking flexibility, too.
Perhaps more important, though, is MSI's Twin Frozr cooling solution, which employs a pair of fans and a beefy heat sink to simultaneously bring down temperatures and and acoustics. Given the issues we've had with some of AMD's reference cooling solutions, we can really appreciate MSI's effort to keep the GPU running coolly and quietly. The card provides one dual-link DVI, one HDMI, and two mini-DisplayPort outputs, all of which can be used at the same time.