A mid-range that makes the big boys sweat.
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.