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MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition Review



Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Crysis Warhead with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 10-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will be a 20-minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running the overclocked idle and load testing.


  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Crysis Warhead 1920 x 1200 8X AA
  • 10-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius















Lower = Better


This was definitely a pivotal part of the review, a lot of emphasis was put on the cooling ability that is packaged with this card. The card performed wonderfully throughout the stock testing which included the factory overclock. The card was the second coolest card even with the fan set to automatic. When the overclock and voltage tweak was applied, the card rose to the top of the list under full load but keep in mind that we are pumping a good bit of additional voltage into the core, and boosting the core clock a whopping 230MHz and the RAM an additional 200MHz, these are very big numbers. That considered, it is also of note that the load test temperatures were the same in both runs. This means that the heat sink can dissipate the additional heat by simply cranking the fan to 100% which, by the way, is quite a bit quieter than most reference design fans at 100%. The MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition OC card definitely passes the test.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: Alien vs Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
  9. Testing: Lost Planet 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.5
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Mafia II
  13. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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