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AMD’s new mainstream graphics cards, Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and Radeon HD 7850, can deliver the same performance (and even more if you overclock them) than the single-GPU top-end cards of the previous generations. Moreover, they have lower recommended prices than the current retail prices of the Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB. Pricing is a crucial factor, but we guess that AMD’s new products would be true bestsellers if they were some $50 cheaper…

Thanks to the new PowerTune and ZeroCore Power technologies they can boast high energy efficiency both in 3D and 2D modes. They are compact and offer all popular video interfaces.

We think that these cards will be most demanded in their pre-overclocked versions which are already supplied by many brands. The high overclocking potential of the 28nm Pitcairn GPUs coupled with the high-efficiency coolers from ASUS, Sapphire, MSI or Gigabyte can make them even more competitive and attractive. In fact, the AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and HD 7850 have no real competitors in their price categories right now, but we hope that Nvidia will change this situation soon, driving the prices even lower. This hasn’t yet happened to the AMD Radeon HD 7970 after the recent release of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, but we’re still waiting…

 
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