While MSI already launched their R7850 graphics card a few months back, there’s nothing like a new refresh with added features to entice customers for an upgrade. Today I’ll be looking at the MSI R7850 Power Edition graphics card.
The new ‘Power Edition’ brings a good number of features with it. First and foremost is the new Twin Frozr IV heatsink, which until now was featured only on the R7970 card from MSI. The other thing you’ll notice is how impressively small the R7850 Power Edition is, measuring just 8.5-inches; less than the width of a standard ATX motherboard.
The custom PCB which measures 8-inches uses MSI’s top end Military Class III components, known to be used in their high-end motherboards and graphics cards. Coming back to the heatsink, we see aluminum fins that sit directly on top of the GPU and memory modules, with three heatpipes expanding outside.
The heatsink is covered by two 80mm fans that push air down to cool the components. The whole area is then covered by a cool black, metal casing on top. It’s interesting to note that MSI have used complete metal components as much as possible, and except for the fans, nothing on the heatsink is plastic.
Interestingly the two fans on the Twin Frozr IV heatsink adopt the same ‘Dust Removal’ technology that debuted for the first time in the MSI GTX 580 Extreme Lightning Edition. What basically happens here is that during the first 30 seconds of startup, the fans will run in reverse direction which should help pull off dust particles stuck in the heatsink fins.
The defining factor of the R7850 Power Edition comes from the improved PWM design which allows for massive power efficiencies, which further allows you to control voltage settings for GPU, memory and VDDCI. Of course, what all this, the improved heatsink and PWM, translates into is simply better overclocking. You should be able to take the R7850 Power Edition to the limits.