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HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card Overclocked Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We overclock the HIS HD 7850 and see how much performance we can get out of the model.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 25, 2012 2:42 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: HIS

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

Looking above you can see our X79 testbed that we've been using since launch of the Intel platform. With everything really covered in the above image let's quickly cover the cards that we'll be using in our graphs today.

 

Next to our overclocked HIS HD 7850 today we'll also have a reference clock card. This isn't a huge overclock so we're not sure how much difference we'll see, but we'll find out none the less.

 

We've also got a number of other HD 7000 series based cards to round out the collection with the HD 7870, HD 7950 and HD 7970. Along with these we've also included a couple of GTX 680s in the form of a 2GB and 4GB one. Of course with the price of those cards compared to the HD 7850, the relevance isn't as high.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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