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Best brand to buy for Radeon 7850 HD for overclocking?

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I was going to buy the XFX Double D 7850 HD but I heard there was difficulty in overclocking because XFX put limitations on it, so what's the best brand when it comes to overclocking a 7850?
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the best card for overclocking is the HIS ICEQ HD 7850 with the massive cooler and two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors. ample power for voltage overclocking. the iceq cooler used on this card is also used on the HIS ICEQ HD 7950. massive blower style cooler which vents hot air outside the cabinet. make sure you can fit this in your case as its close to 12 inches length.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161424
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Do you have this card? And if you do have much of an overclock have you achieved with it? I have a His Ice Q in my computer right now but it's a 4600 HD series so I'm expecting a MAJOR improvemnt, lol.
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Do you have this card? And if you do have much of an overclock have you achieved with it? I have a His Ice Q in my computer right now but it's a 4600 HD series so I'm expecting a MAJOR improvemnt, lol.

no i don't have this card. the iceq cooler has been consistently rated one of the best.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-review-benchmark,3207-14.html

this HD 7850 card has two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors while others have one 6 pin power connector. so you have more power for voltage overclocking.

here is review of the HIS ICEQ HD 7870 with same cooler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvpi14Rn3VE
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XFX 7850 also has two PCI-e power connectors since it's based on the 7870 PCB , although the Core Edition one doesn't as far as I know
Black Edition: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4766/xfx_radeon_hd_7850_black_edition_2gb_video_card_review/index2.html , http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1955/1/ , http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/XFX_R7870_BE/2.html,

and Double D edition ://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609


as far as which one: I'd say MSI Power Edition probably (http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7850_Power_Edition/31.html , http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4725/msi_radeon_hd_7850_2gb_power_edition_overclocked_video_card_review/index15.html , http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_hd_7850_power_edition_oc_review,21.html ) , or Powercolor PCS+ (http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_PCS_Plus/32.html , http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/38809-powercolor-pcs-hd7850/?page=11 , http://www.overclockers.com/powercolor-pcs%2B-hd7850-review).

Sapphire has had problems and so has ASUS (although there is a V2 of their HD 7850 that also comes with a "TOP" version, so I suppose it was the original ones that had issues).

The problem with the HIS HD 7850 IceQ Turbo X is that it's massively long (11.69") for a mid-range GPU , see http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/1055/.html.
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