Verdict and Conclusion
HD7850 became one of the most popular cards among gamers in last year. Since prices are constantly dropping and most new games are not much more demanding ( except some single titles ) it’s one of the best options for all who wish to play games in higher graphics details without spending too much money.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB is about 10-15% slower than HD7870 ( A review of which was published last month ) but also about 20% cheaper ( about $190 ) so I think that price tag is not too bad.
Next advantage is good overclocking during which the graphics card temperature isn’t much higher, but that comes at a cost. The cooling isn’t as good as we could see in the Sapphire HD7870. Two 80mm fans ( instead of two 92mm ) and fewer heatpipes cause the cooler to run a bit louder. It’s still not bad but silence maniacs will hear a difference.
- Good performance in this price point
- Quiet and effective cooling ( but could be better )
- Good overclocking
- Higher clocks than reference card
- Cooling could be better
Final words. Even though I liked more Sapphire HD7870, its younger brother (or sister) isn’t much worse. It’s still the same graphics card line with similar features but cheaper.
Good performance/price factor is clearly biggest advantage of these series. If we add good overclocking and quiet, effective cooling then we get really good graphics card that I could recommend for all who wish to play newer games but don’t really need highest graphics details.