PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ReviewPosted on 2012-04-17 12:42:39 by Thomas De Maesschalck
As many of you are probably already aware, AMD released their mainstream enthusiast GPU offering, Pitcairn, a little over a month ago. Better known as the Radeon HD 7800 series, the two models making up this mainstream class are the 7850 and 7870. By nature, qualities of the mainstream enthusiast class consist of a good balance between high image quality and value pricing. With Pitcairn, this translates generally translates to maxed out (or close to it) image quality in games at HD 1080p resolution, with a launch price tag between $250-350. Now that we're past the initial wow of the paper launch and products actually widely available to buy, we're taking a look at the cheapest Pitcairn offering we could find. That happens to be PowerColor's Radeon HD 7850 2GB video card. It's a basic no frills 7850 that comes with AMD's reference cooler, stock clock speeds, and not much extra in the box. But its main selling point is its low price. Selling for $230, it's almost 10% cheaper than AMD's suggested retail price.