While the 7850 targets the mid-range in AMD’s lineup, it is indeed a capable workhorse, able to run most modern games at medium resolutions with the image quality maximized. There are some instances where performance would benefit from dialing back those IQ settings a bit, but for the most part, the 7850 can handle medium-duty gaming very well.
In terms of performance, a single 7850 generally competes against the vanilla GTX 660, not the Ti model. What’s particularly interesting is that this HIS 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo comes very close to a stock Radeon 7870 card in terms of performance, while running cooler and quieter, and costing less money.
And when a second card is added in a CrossFire setup, then the cards really start to flex their muscle. Managing to easily beat a single 7970 across the board, the two HIS cards in CrossFire posted impressive results, scaling rather well and beating a single GTX 680 as well in nearly all instances. The 4GB of GDDR5 will help at the higher resolutions with the higher image quality settings, and the fact remains that two of these cards offer excellent performance-to-price for consumers.
At a price of $210 each, these HIS cards come factory overclocked, and run cool and quiet. For two in CrossFire, $420 is only about $30 more than a 7970 (with custom cooler), and the CrossFire performance is significantly better. There is, of course, the potential issues that come with CrossFire, though the micro-stuttering is generally not encountered often these days, and game profiles are updated rather quickly by AMD. There are some pros and cons to CrossFire, but the value can’t be overlooked IF you already own a 7850.
The HIS 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo is a big card in several regards, not only in physical size but particularly in gaming value. It’s an excellent product, particularly with the custom cooler, and while we like the single card setup, two in CrossFire really pack a punch.
HIS 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo CrossFire