ASUS HD 7850 Direct CUII Review

By on April 11, 2012
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A mid-range that makes the big boys sweat.

Good: Extremely high performance for the money, low power requirements, Direct CUII heatsink provides decent overclocks.
Bad: Fans tend to get slightly loud when card is under full load.
Price: AED 1,050
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


The HD 7850 has a major performance increase in Metro 2033 over the GTX 580 and the HD 7870; roughly 35%, thanks largely to the latest driver improvements. If we take this exceptional performance boost out of the equation, the GTX 580 is almost 9% at stock speeds (6% when overclocked) faster than the ASUS HD 7850 Direct CUII, while costing 54% more. The HD 7870 meanwhile is 7% faster at stock speeds (2% when overclocked) while costing 35% more.

So what does this tell us? Simply that the HD 7850 is the new performance/price king, and no card in the market right now provides so much performance for this price. If you’re aiming for a mid-range rig, look no further than the ASUS HD 7850 Direct CUII.

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