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Review: AMD Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

by Tarinder Sandhu on 5 March 2012, 05:00 4.0


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Power, temps, and noise

Radeon HD 7000-series cards have set a new benchmark with respect to power-draw for a given level of gaming performance. Now using the same comparisons as on the previous six pages, HD 7850 pulls considerably fewer watts, evaluated as a system, when compared to HD 6950 or either GTX 560 Ti. The same is true of the HD 7870's GTX 580/570 and HD 6970 comparisons.

Idle power-draw also drops by a further 8W in ZeroCore mode, where the screen is switched off.

Low-ish power-draw and a solid reference cooler combine to ensure that temps aren't a problem.

Both Pitcairns are also pretty quiet when gaming. Really, we await to see just how quiet partners are able to make their own cards.