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  • Iketh - Saturday, March 24, 2012 - link

    I'm eyeballin the gigabyte or asus... i'm leaning toward the asus because I've never owned anything gigabyte, but I like the gigabyte cooler better and possibly a higher maximum overclock... Reply
  • Hrel - Sunday, March 25, 2012 - link

    Every experience I have had with Gigabyte has been flawless. Truly no complaints at all. It's the most durable, most reliable, most resiliant card I've ever owned. Reply
  • superccs - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    ^This. My next card will be a Gigabyte or MSI both in my experience are truly legit. Like Blaze said the Zalman coolers that came with my 4870 and 8800gt both had pretty bad fan controls though, resulting in excess noise.

    I'm guessing these will drop down to ~$225 when the GTX 660 hits. Might have to snag one then.
  • blazeoptimus - Sunday, March 25, 2012 - link

    And I'm already in the process of RMA'ing it. The card works fine, but the cooler is much louder than it should be. I tried to live with it a few days and couldn't. It creates two noises. One is a resonating/pulsing noise, and the other sounds like an older/loud hard drive as it spins looking for data. Both of these are confirmed to come from the card, as I can temporarily stop the coolers and the sound goes away. I managed to correct the first one by putting a shem in between the FAN and the card. The second disappeared for a bit and came back. I noticed when i sat the case horizontially, the sound disappeared a bit as well. I'm using a thermaltake overseer case. Its rather large with a couple of 200mm fans and a 120mm fan. I have a Zalman cooler on the CPU and then theres the fan in the PSU of course. None of these make nearly the noise of the cooler on the Gigabyte. My guess its a manufacturing defect. All I'd really like is a replacement. Reply
  • RobertAnderson - Sunday, March 25, 2012 - link

    I would actually call it more a design defect. Mine the plastic around the fan keeps rattling. I fixed it by moving it back and forth until it permanently stopped. I can hear the fan well, but that is because the A/C vent made more noise than my computer before. I had a Thermalright HR-03 GT with a Noctua fan on ultra low on my old video card so it made almost no noise. As soon as Thermalright released there compatibility list for the 7000 series I am going to rip off the Gigabyte cooler anyway. I really don't think any of the stock coolers on the market right now are good enough for me.

    On that note I wish one of the vendors would release a OEM card like they do on processors. Let me save $15 or $20 by not putting on a cooler at all and let me do it.
  • QuasarZ71 - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    I just boxed mine up and wrote the RMA numbers on the box. I was experiencing the exact same thing. I'm just wondering if Newegg will have one in stock to replace it with when they get it in ~3 days. When I get my replacement I hope it doesn't rattle too. Reply
  • blazeoptimus - Thursday, March 29, 2012 - link

    I did some further testing on it before I sent it back. I found that the card was silent when the fans were vertical, or when the fans were horizontal, but facing up. If the Fans were facing down (as was the situation in my case), they would generate a rattle. Seeing as how specific it is, I agree with you RobertAnderson, design defect :(. It doesn't look like they spent the proper amount of time doing Q&A testing on the cooler. Reply
  • 0xfeedface - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    What the heck is XFX doing this time? Reply
  • HeXadecimal00 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - link

    Few different editions with varying coolers.
  • 3DoubleD - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    This will be more interesting when the 7850 isn't more expensive than the card it is replacing. Let us know when it drops to a more reasonable price, like below $200 where a 28 nm 6950 would belong.

    I hope Nvidia is quick to fill out their product line. We really need some good price point competition.
  • sbaradaran - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    I Just ordered the Asus 7850. It was a really tough choice between the Asus, MSI, and Sapphire cards. I'm gonna overclock the crap out of it. Hopefully can achieve (1100 core, 1450 memory) Reply
  • HeXadecimal00 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - link

    I received my MSI TFIII 7850 yesterday. Absolutely lovely card, utterly silent idle and under load.

    Sits at 28C idle, and 59C load at stock. Overclocked straight to 1050/1450 (CCC limits) on stock voltage, 28C idle 61C load, solid as a rock.
  • warmbit - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - link

    Here is the link to an interesting overview performance 7870 and 7850 of 5 Web sites competing Nvidia cards - GTX580 and GTX570 and penalties of the previous generation AMD - 6970 and 6950.

    Analysis of the results of the Radeon 7870 and 7850 in 12 games and 5 resolutions:

    You will know the relationship between average interest rates these cards and you will find out in which graphics card is better in the game and resolution.
  • El Kabum - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Hi guys,
    I want to know which 7850 is the fastest one.
    Is Sapphire a good manufacturer, with good RMA?

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