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The Radeon HD 7850 was first of all loaded with 2 GB of memory. However, a 1 GB version is now also on sale. Apart from the difference in memory, the two graphics cards are identical, notably in terms of their operating speeds. We tested the 1 GB version anyway, and we didn't notice any difference in performance between the two models when used at 1920 x 1200 pixels or less (Full HD in particular). This review is therefore a straight copy and paste of our Radeon HD 7850 2 GB review. The AMD Radeon HD 7850 (expected to sell for around £200) is a bit more affordable than the Radeon HD 7870 but still offers a very decent level of performance. So much the better for AMD, as the high mid-range or low high-end (depending on how you look at it) graphics card market counts for a high volume of sales. The card we were sent to test looks identical in every way to the Radeon HD 7870. The fan is still a radial blower type, which has the advantage of sending hot air out of the casing. The fan doesn't, however, seem to be as well calibrated as on the Radeon HD 7870, making more noise here.
The AMD Radeon HD 7850 (expected to cost around £200) is a bit more affordable than the Radeon HD 7870 but still comes with a very decent level of performance. So much the better for AMD as the ‘enthusiast' range (high mid-range or low high-end, depending on how you want to look at it), the flagship segment when it comes to graphics cards, counts for a high volume of sales. The card sent to the press looks identical in every way to the Radeon HD 7870. The fan is still a radial blower type, which has the advantage of sending the hot air out of the casing. The fan doesn't however seem to be as well calibrated as on the Radeon HD 7870 and makes more noise here. At idle first of all, the fins can be clearly heard when rotating. As always when it comes to computer hardware – and generally speaking moreover – not everyone is affected by the noise in the same way. The reading was nevertheless 3 dB(A) higher than on the Radeon HD 7970. This is equivalent to a doubling of sound pressure. In games, the noise level does of course go up but is acceptable for the level of performance attained (see below).
The Pitcairn little lad has arrived in the shape of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 and it could well be a pint-sized powerhouse.The HD 7850 pretty much finalises AMD's current plans for the Southern Islands line up, bar the crazy-expensive dual-GPU New Zealand card which is likely waiting on Nvidia's new cards.We may see some other odd little revisions once Nvidia's Kepler cards start trickling out, just to fill some gaps, but this is going to be the last standard card for a while.The AMD Radeon HD 7850 is also the card that's arguably got the most chance of being successful out of this family. At the price it looks likely to retail at, the sub-£200 mark, it could well be the highest-selling of AMD's enthusiast-class cards.Like the AMD Radeon HD 7870 that we've already seen, the HD 7850 is though going to face a lot of stiff competition at this price-point.Can it make a name for itself in the face of the opposition? At stock speeds you can see the AMD HD 7850 is still competitive with the cards around, though a little off the pace in gaming terms against the Nvidia cards.
Here we are, less than three weeks removed from the launch of the Radeon HD 7700 series, and AMD is already at it again. Today we'll be showing you the first two members of the Radeon HD 7800 series of graphics cards, the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and Radeon HD 7850. These two graphics cards are based on yet another new GPU design, which features AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture, or GCN. Whereas the high-end Radeon HD 7900 series cards feature AMD's Tahiti GPU and the more mainstream Radeon HD 7700 series is based on the company's Cape Verde GPU, the new Radeon HD 7800 series is built around a GPU codenamed Pitcairn. Although all of the members of the Radeon HD 7000 series are based on GPUs in AMD's \"Southern Islands” family of graphics processors, the three GPUs in the family target very different market segments. Cape Verde targets mainstream users, while Tahiti caters to ultra-enthusiasts who like to remain on the bleeding edge. Pitcairn, however, is targeted at the traditional sweet spot of the market, somewhere in the mid-range, between high-end and entry-level type products.
By refreshing almost its entire line of video cards before Nvidia releases a single new one this cycle, AMD has been zooming ahead of its competitor in an almost dizzying way. That momentum, which over the last two and a half months has carried the company through releases of cards on the high-high end (the Radeon HD 7970 and 7950), the high-medium end (the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and the 7750), and the medium-high end (the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition), continues with the new Radeon HD 7850. This sibling to the 7870 in the "Pitcairn" family is positioned (with a price of $249 list) as a gateway card to get non-rich buyers excited about gaming, which much like the 7870 it manages to do with slightly less elbow room than every user might prefer. Let's start with the incontrovertible positives, which comprise the innovations AMD has been introducing throughout the 7000 series. Foremost among these is a new architecture based on 28nm process technology: Graphics Core Next, which the company has designed to improve utilization, throughput, and multitasking by giving each compute unit the ability to execute instructions from multiple kernels at once.
AMD’s reference Radeon HD 7850 shares the same PCB as the HD 7870, meaning it also measures 24cm (9.4 in) long. In essence they have designed a single graphics card with the only difference being the GPU. In this case the Radeon HD 7850 is a slightly cut down version of the HD 7870. The core clock frequency has been lowered from 1GHz to 860MHz which has reduced the compute performance from 2.56 TFLOPS to 1.75 TFLOPS, a 32% reduction. At 860MHz the new Radeon HD 7850 is clocked 4% slower than the HD 6870 and 11% higher than the HD 6850. The GDDR5 memory still works at 1.2GHz, which is effectively 4.8GHz DDR. Because the memory bus is still 256-bit wide the bandwidth remains at an impressive 153.6GB/s, which is 20% greater than the old HD 6850. AMD has also kept the card's capacity at 2GB which is the same amount of memory that can be found on the older Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 graphics cards.
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