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Video Teaser: Radeon HD 7800 Series Remains A Solid Value

Video Teaser: Radeon HD 7800 Series Remains A Solid Value
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Two months after the Radeon HD 7800-series cards first launched, they remain strong performers at attractive prices. We recap our coverage of the Radeon HD 7870 and 7850, discuss why we still like them, and cover one caveat for multi-GPU gamers.

We first looked at AMD's Radeon HD 7800-series cards a little more than two months ago in AMD Radeon HD 7870 And 7850 Review: Pitcairn Gets Benchmarked. At the time, we had some issues with the Radeon HD 7850 sample sent to us by AMD. Our German office had a problem with their card, too. We were bullish on the performance AMD brought to the table, though. It was only a shame the company wasn't quite ready to start selling the cards.

Now it's time to revisit that situation. Shortly after our preview, we diagnosed an incompatibility between that early sample and our X79-based test platform. All's well, and we're seeing the speed/stability we were expecting on a new build.

Today, there are plenty of Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 boards available. Although the 7870's MSRP is in the $350 range, cards are selling for as low as $330, boldly standing up to much more expensive GeForce GTX 580s. The 7850 is supposed to be a $250 product, but we've seen certain models at $240, and those easily go up against $300 GeForce GTX 570s.

Kudos to AMD for making its Radeon HD 7800 family available and offering fast mid-range boards loaded with value to gamers on a budget.

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  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 5:53 AM
    Are her hands glued to her hips?
  • 22 Hide
    amuffin , May 9, 2012 8:54 AM
    Hot girls and sexy hardware? :p 

  • 21 Hide
    americanherosandwich , May 9, 2012 7:33 AM
    Beats looking at a geeky guy with a pot belly. ;) 
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  • 10 Hide
    phamhlam , May 9, 2012 5:46 AM
    A beautiful girl to represent a beautiful card.
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 5:53 AM
    Are her hands glued to her hips?
  • 4 Hide
    manu 11 , May 9, 2012 6:00 AM
    me gusta
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 6:24 AM
    hands on hips make you sound more authoritative. That's why cops use it.
  • 7 Hide
    Onikage , May 9, 2012 6:40 AM
    Thats Right got recently an MSI 7870 Twin Froz 3 outstanding value for money ! with just a small overcklock this thing beats gtx580 hands down, and manages to get just a little in front of 7950!!!
  • 0 Hide
    LeetSpeak , May 9, 2012 6:44 AM
    She just convinced me to buy the 7850 instead of waiting for the 660 Ti.
  • 21 Hide
    americanherosandwich , May 9, 2012 7:33 AM
    Beats looking at a geeky guy with a pot belly. ;) 
  • 11 Hide
    -Jackson , May 9, 2012 8:01 AM
    americanherosandwichBeats looking at a geeky guy with a pot belly.

    That's besides the point..it's about the hardware, not the person talking about it. :lol: 
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    slicedtoad , May 9, 2012 8:32 AM
    heh, I like how these videos always spawn the same conversation.

    That said, the 680 isn't very available and the 79xx series has had it's price lowered. The start of this video feels like it should take place a month or two ago.
  • 3 Hide
    _zxzxzx_ , May 9, 2012 8:34 AM
    Great job on hiring a nice presenter Tom's Hardware! :D 
  • 22 Hide
    amuffin , May 9, 2012 8:54 AM
    Hot girls and sexy hardware? :p 

  • 9 Hide
    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 11:42 AM
    Miss Cleavage strikes again!
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    redeye , May 9, 2012 12:27 PM
    wow, great look (for the model)... except why is the pony-tail in front? .. is she going to be turning so quickly that it turns into a whip?... or are you trying to bridge the gap between long and short hair... (BTW lara croft did not wear the pony-tail in front, even in that movie... of course a pony-tail is impractical when fighting because your enemy coud just grab it... but lara was such a great fighter it did not matter LOL )
    IMAO keep the pony-tail, wear it in back..
    funny though AMD's color is red, Nvidias color is Green (I know that she is in front of a green screen) .. why could she not wear a zebra print?... or a splash print?... or something so busy that you have to listen to her words, instead of saying "OMG she is so HOT"
  • 9 Hide
    redeye , May 9, 2012 12:36 PM
    PlasmidI might be sexist, but I hate women who present anything related to computer hardware, unless they are geeky, nerdy, and know what the fuck they are talking about. On a side note I think she does make a good candidate for copulation given her body proportions. lulz


    namecnassianerWhere I work, a large IT company, what this lady is wearing is not considered to be appropriate business attire. If: TH is using a beautiful woman to get me to read the articleThen: FAILRumor has it that somewhere on the Internet, there are lots of beautiful women wearing less appropriate business attire than this lady is.If I want to look at beautiful scantily-clad women (which I do, now that I think about it), I will explore other Internet sites and leave Tom to his teases. Hello, Anand.


    actually, I don't see anything wrong with her outfit!...
  • 6 Hide
    redeye , May 9, 2012 12:39 PM
    of course, if we "doth protest to much" we won't be seeing her at all...
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    trumpeter1994 , May 9, 2012 12:43 PM
    Isn't there supposed to be like massive cleavage when they have a hot chick? I highly doubt she knows what she's talking about
  • 10 Hide
    baddad , May 9, 2012 1:08 PM
    There's nothing wrong with her presentation of what she thinks are the facts, it's the director that tells her what to do and wear, and I'd rather have a a good looking person to look at then someone that's ugly.
  • 9 Hide
    syrious1 , May 9, 2012 1:20 PM
    she is soo hot...
  • 15 Hide
    cknobman , May 9, 2012 1:34 PM
    Some of you people b!tch to much, give it a rest already.

    Yeah shes no tech enthusiast but she is trying and still manages to get through the piece without any major screw ups. Shes not wearing anything inappropriate (I work in downtown and see much more revealing and less professional attire on women all the time) and some of you still whine.

    In fact, Toms, if your going to keep using her and not a real tech enthusiast I think she should be wearing a more revealing/sexier top!!!!!
  • 8 Hide
    borden5 , May 9, 2012 2:23 PM
    oh god there we go again lol
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