With a name like Devil, you certainly would expect any product branded with the name to instill fear in it's enemies. There is little doubt that is the reason that PowerColor has chosen to use the name on it's unique line of graphics cards. Indeed, their Devil 13 line of dual GPU graphics cards are legendary. PowerColor chose to expand the line into the last generation Radeon 7870, bringing many of the same features to a more affordable package. When the the Radeon 7870 was revamped into the R9 270X, The Devil went with it.
In October 2013, AMD released their follow up to their Radeon HD 7790 that was released the previous April, the Radeon R7 260X. It is built on the 28 nm process and based on the XTX varioution of the Bonaire graphics processor. Unlike the HD 7790 that came before it, the R7 260X commonly features 2Gb of graphics memory. The Bonaire graphics processor also has many features that are only shared with AMD's Hawaii R9 290(X) and Vesuvius R9 295 flagship models. These include TrueAudio Technology and PowerPlay with ZeroCore Power Technology, to name a couple.
AMD launched the Radeon R7 240, along with its siblings, the R7 250, R9 270X and R9 280X in October 2013. The cards were all met with great fanfare. The Radeon R7 240 was designed to replace the venerable three year old Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 cards. On paper, it seems to do this quite well. While it does appear to be a bit slower than the HD 6670, it does its job using less than half the power of its predecessors.
We will be talking a look at the between level and inspecting the PowerColor PCS+ HD7850. The latest 7850 variation from PowerColor takes the reference design and tweaks it to be a better performer. This is due to the 140MHz overclock of the reference’s 860MHz Core Clock and the addition of the Memory being supercharger from 4800MHz to 4900MHz.
It will all come down to that last feature, one that no one else or very few will offer. In this case that feature will be the FleX option only from Sapphire. Just what is FleX? It’s being able to integrate at least three monitors to one GPU. We know just about all AMD cards can do that. But the fact is they can’t do it with having to go and purchase an expensive displayport monitor or buying an active displayport adapter which isn’t cheap either. With the FleX series you can do it without either. And that does for the card we will be looking at today, the FleX HD 7770 GHz Edition.
As of right now the Radeon HD 7750 maybe at the bottom of the performance chart but it does do well when it comes to moderate gaming and excel when it comes to digital video output and sound. Don’t let the placement of the card fool you. Sapphire’s newest 7750 have a nice advantage over the rest and it has nothing really to do with performance. The low profile HD 7750 is ideal for those that little space internally for larger cards. Yes, a great fit the many Dell and HP machine with the extra small enclosures and smaller power supplies.
ASUS is preparing a brand new graphics card based on Radeon HD 7850. Actually it has a lot in common with other, already released, DirectCUII models.
The ASUS HD 7850 Dragon Edition (DRAGON HD7850-DC2O-2GD5) has in fact lower clocks lower than DirectCU II Top model. Card arrives with 910/5000 MHz clocks for core and memory respectively. This is 65 MHz slower than Top model.
Probably the most distinctive part of this card is its protection back plate. A large copper heatsink is covered by dual 80mm fan DirectCU II cooling solution. What is worth noticing, is the fact that other DirectCU models have two heatsinks connected by heatpipes, while this model comes with a single one, with external heatpipes. Additionally, model is based on modified PCB with supper alloy power design, including 6+3 phases. It features a similar durability frame, known from Matrix HD 7970 model, which is basically the extra cover for components.
Card is equipped with the same memory size as all reference models – 2GB of GDDR5 chips. ASUS HD7850 Dragon requires two 6-pin power connectors. It features four display outputs, including DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort.
ASUS Dragon HD 7850 is already available in China for $361. There no information when will this model be released worldwide.
ASUS HD 7850 Model
|ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II
|ASUS HD 7850 Dragon
|ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II TOP
|Core Clock||870 MHz||910 MHz||975 MHz|
|Memory Clock||4840 MHz||5000 MHz||5000 MHz|