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 Post subject: 7850: Sapphire and MSI, which one?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:46 pm 
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hi all :)

I want to buy a quiet 7850, it's enough for games i usually play.
I'm choosing between MSI RADEON HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC and Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC; here the italian shop: http://www.drako.it/drako_catalog/index ... th=485_520

Same price (here), different out-of-the-box clock, but i'm more interested in which one have the most durable fans and components. I don't want to tweak anything, i want the model with more chance to last 3 years (especially fans) for 6 hours per day. Suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: 7850: Sapphire and MSI, which one?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:37 am 
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I've been compiling a list of HD 7850 reviews. Recognize that different reviewers have different test setups and so the sound levels are not comparable to each other. But, it'll give you some idea of the card's performance. The Twin Frozr IV version from MSI looks nice.

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 Post subject: Re: 7850: Sapphire and MSI, which one?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:00 pm 
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I purchased the MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 a few days ago. If the rest of my parts show up tonight, I plan on putting the system together and going through some stress testing before the night ends. I find it interesting the front of the box clearly expresses "Only 27db in full load". How true is this? Hopefully I'll find out tonight.

Here's a look at the box closed and opened:

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i40 ... 850Box.jpg
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i40 ... oxOpen.jpg

If you have any questions, let me know and I'll try to answer them.


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