XFX HD 7870 and 7850 Double Dissipation Reviewtacohunter52 - May 7, 2012
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In the end I have to say that I was very impressed with both XFX cards. However, I was more impressed with how close the XFX Double Dissipation HD 7850 was able to perform to the HD 7870. Considering the XFX Double Dissipation HD 7850 comes in at almost $100 cheaper than the HD 7870, it makes it almost a no brainer. Not only that, but we were easily able to overclock it enough for it to perform faster than a stock HD 7870, which again makes it a no brainer.
Both cards gave extremely playable performance through every single one of our benchmarks. They also gave fairly decent performance in our Eyefinity/Surround tests as well. I must say that I was also pleasantly surprised about how well XFX's Ghost coolers work. Even before the dual fans had been spun up to 100% the temperatures were nice and easy to deal with. The cards kept a nice low power consumption as well.
The XFX Double Dissipation HD 7870 comes in at $374.99, whereas the XFX Double Dissipation HD 7850 comes in at just $269.99! Considering how close the HD 7850 performs to the GTX 580, which is about $300 more expensive, I would recommend it to anyone looking to pick up a new video card. I would even argue that the HD 7850 is one of the best bang for your buck video cards currently available on the market. Both of the XFX cards overclocked very well too. Again though, if you are thinking of picking up a new video card, go for the HD 7850. It's about $100 less than the HD 7870, and can easily be overclocked to match the performance!
- Cards run cool
- Cards perform and overclock great
- The HD 7850 offers great bang for your buck performance!
- Both cards offer decent eyefinity performance
- Cooling solution