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MSI Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone 1GB Power Edition Video Card - Final Thoughts

MSI bring the Cyclone cooler to the HD 6850 while strapping on the "Power Edition" tag. We answer what that means for you.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 2:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%      Manufacturer: MSI

Final Thoughts

 

This is just a fantastic version of the HD 6850 from every angle. First you've got the performance. Out of the box we really see a strong boost compared to the reference clocked card. Second, we've got the "Power Edition" tag which helps give us the ability to adjust more voltages, which in turn should give us the ability to reach a higher overclock.

 

Third, we've got that Cyclone cooler which is nothing short of fantastic. Not only is it quiet, but it also runs the card extremely cool coming in a good couple of degrees cooler than our next HD 6850. If all that wasn't enough, MSI have managed to wrap it all up in an aggressive price tag make it the best valued card in our latest incarnation of the TVR graph.

 

What you feel you're getting from the "Power Edition" is all those normal goodies associated with the HAWK version, but without those more "Hardcore" features that normal users will simply find they're not going to use anyway.

 

Throw in the fact that MSI have chosen to do it with a well valued card like the HD 6850 and you quickly find yourself looking at a winner of a product. Like we said, though, if the performance wasn't enough to make you buy the card and the price couldn't just seal the deal, the efficiency behind that Cyclone cooler which is quiet and effective makes for a well-rounded product, and that's ultimately what the Cyclone Power Edition HD 6850 from MSI is; a well rounded product.

 

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