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MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition Review

By on December 29, 2010
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A storm’s brewin’

Good: Great performance, Very quiet, Temperatures are always low
Bad: Overhead for further overclocking is low
Price: AED 800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

This is probably the last time our old testbed will be used for benchmarks, something new and shiny is coming along to take over the mantle. So let’s give the old girl a round of applause and see what she’s made of. An An Intel Core i7 965EE @ 3.2GHz on an ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard, packing 3x 1GB Corsairs XMS3-1333 ram, a Kingston 64GB V-Series SSD running Windows 7 Ultimate; all of which is powered by a Corsair HX1000W PSU. The latest Catalyst 10.12 drivers were used for benchmarks. For comparisons, I’ve selected the Gigabyte HD 6850 and ASUS EAH6870 and Zotac GTX 460.

Performance wise the R6850 Cyclone sits square in the middle of the HD 6870 and the regular HD 6850. Unfortunately there are no benchmarks for the GTX 460 on 3DMark 11 yet; it’s surprisingly hard to get a hold of that card right now. Perhaps Nvidia really is bringing a  mid-range entry to combat AMD, but nothing has been “announced” as of now.

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