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I'm looking at pricing for 2GB 7850s. $135 and no rebate gets you one with an included crossfire bridge on Newegg... But it's from HIS and they seem to have nothing but bad reviews when it comes to customer service and RMAs. I had heard XFX was pretty good and went with them, but I'm not really sure (though I did get my rebate from them within a decent time frame if that counts). I've also heard good things about Sapphire, but they are 1) expensive and 2) seem to be slipping. ASUS and Gigabyte? I'm not really sure, but I think the former is pretty good though the latter has gotten a bit lax. PowerColor? Apparently they're okay but their coolers suck? I'm unclear on that, but they had a 2GB 7850 for $130 a couple weeks back. Even if I kill my overclock, I'm still getting a 50% performance boost, so that isn't a huge concern, plus GPUs can get hot before frying so I have a bit more of a thermal safety net than with my CPU. So which brand(s) is best/worst and is it really worth $30+ for the small chance I get a faulty GPU? I'd prefer not to spend too much more money than is necessary since I still need a PSU that doesn't suck which will be at least $70 if there's a good sale.
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just get another XFX 7850 Core Edition 2GB my personal favorite brands would be MSI ASUS and EVGA if going nvidia .
post #3 of 7
Just get whatever has good reviews and suits your fancy.

and hey, sometimes it's fun to try new things, or in this case brands. thumb.gif
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The build quality of the card and packaging on my higher end HIS 7850 were quite good fwiw. Overclocks well and is cool and quiet. I bought it mostly because it was a reference ish cooler that exhausted hot air out of the case, but has considerably more fan and heatsink. And less noise. No complaints.

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The build quality of the card and packaging on my higher end HIS 7850 were quite good fwiw. Overclocks well and is cool and quiet. I bought it mostly because it was a reference ish cooler that exhausted hot air out of the case, but has considerably more fan and heatsink. And less noise. No complaints.

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure my XFX card just vomits hot air all over the case, though I saw no temperature differences when I flipped the side fan from intake to exhaust. The HIS GPU I'm looking at is THIS ONE and I think that's a blower-type fan (exhausts out the back, that's the right term, right?), but ASUS also has THIS with the same bonus goodies (crossfire bridge and DVI-I to VGA adapter) and a more robust looking cooler, though that requires a rebate for the lowest price which is slightly inconvenient. I'd rather have the HIS card though since that shouldn't do too much to increase temperatures I don't think.
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See http://www.overclockers.ru/lab/51955_5/Svodnyj_obzor_odinnadcati_videokart_Radeon_HD_7850.html#13

The ASUS HD7850 is rather good. Just hope you don't have to RMA it, ASUS warranty is lax according to people on OCN
(noise test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK9hhMGbUVk , TOP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe44RTvbBCE)

The Sapphire cards for AMD generally are good ; Sapphire also makes the professional GPUs for AMD . The Sapphire in the above review is the old style dual-X with the 3 red dots.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5YOgb8vy8A)
* HWInfo puts the Sapphire ahead of the ASUS TOP (but the TOP is clocked higher, takes 3 slots) http://us.hardware.info/reviews/2853/13/amd-radeon-hd-7850--7870-round-up-cooling-and-noise-production

MSI Twin frozr isn't in the review but here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4er07hFCK08

Gigabyte uses two 100mm fans on their cooling solution, but the the fan shroud (which seems to have reports of buzzing) is lacking. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nMbqBa2gtI)
"It [competes with the 570] while being the coolest card on test along with being one of the most power efficient and for the most part, it was also the quietest. I say the most part because while in 'normal' operation, the cooler was extremely quiet. Even when overclocked the cooler didn't really go much over what can be best described as a murmur. However when the fan was set to 100% it was clear their [sic] were issues with the fans. They made a very loud 'rattle' which only subsided when the fans were set below the 70% threshold." - http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_hd7850_oc_windforce_review,1.html

The HIS in the above review is the one that looks like a reference HD7850 but with 2 big nickel plated heatpipes and a clear blue fan. They also have a dual fan cooling solution with no reviews (not the same setup as their Tahiti cooler) and a big radial blower that takes 3 slots.

You shouldn't base your purchase off a few dollar adapter and a Crossfire bridge that comes with every AMD GPU anyway

If you look at the PCB and it's a reference design you're just paying for the cooler and/or warranty.

P.S. see also http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=64124&hilit=7850

P.S. #2 Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo II can be had for $40 if you're willing to give up 3 PCI-e slots
Edited by AlphaC - 9/22/13 at 5:40pm
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I always liked XFX. They are great with rebates and RMAs ( I RMA'ed a 6870 earlier this year). I think they make the best AMD cards around. I currently run EVGA, but that's only because I went Nvidea.
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