TechSpot: AMD Radeon HD 7870 & Radeon HD 7850 Review

AMD’s latest generation GPU series is really starting to take shape now. Having been blown away by the performance of the Radeon HD 7900 series and then let down by the steep pricing of the HD 7700 series, we are keen to see what AMD has to offer with the new HD 7800 series.

Today marks the release of the 'Pitcairn' GPUs which make up the the Radeon HD 7800 series. As you would expect the series consists of two GPUs: the Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850, designed to occupy the ample $200 to $400 range.

Like its higher and lower-end siblings, the new HD 7800 series is built using the 28nm design process and is also based on AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture.

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Sold. Going i5-3750k, 7850, 8gb ram the week ivy drops. Debating on A SSD prices are ab it high still. Should be able to build a rig for under 1200 USD and still play everything on ultra.

Aha, these cards are more in my region. I was tempted by the 7870 until I read the conclusion when it said the 7850 is nearly 30% cheaper, and only 14% slower. When the third-party versions with better cooling get released, that performance gap can be even smaller.

Yeah, the 7850 looks like a better deal. The money you save over the 7870 could be put into a better processor or motherboard/RAM. If I were to upgrade, I'd definitely buy the 7850.

MightyJordan said,
Aha, these cards are more in my region. I was tempted by the 7870 until I read the conclusion when it said the 7850 is nearly 30% cheaper, and only 14% slower. When the third-party versions with better cooling get released, that performance gap can be even smaller.
But when the third-party versions of 7850 will get released, the same will happen for 7870. So, the gap still remains the same, objectively. There's a gap that cannot be changed, that's for sure. The point is, which one you can afford, what's better for you, without excuses.

By the way, for the same reason I could get the 7970 ( Giga WindForce ), but last moment I took the 7950 and I'm completely happy. I didn't need to get the best and thus, I saved over 100€ and this will keep getting increased since the card is more economical in terms of power efficiency.

Edited by PC EliTiST, Mar 5 2012, 11:48am :