Thursday, November 4th 2010

MSI Shows Off Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition Graphics Card

We scored an early look at MSI's latest graphics card, the R6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition. This AMD Radeon HD 6850 based graphics card makes use of MSI's popular Cyclone GPU cooler, which it has used on several generations of graphics cards. It consists of a GPU based turned heatsink with spirally-projecting aluminum fins, from which heat is conveyed to two aluminum fin arrays on either sides of the GPU, by 8 mm thick heat pipes. Carrying the "power edition" label, this card is geared for overclocking, in which software voltage control is provided and made use of.

The PCB draws power from just one 6-pin power connector, it uses a 6+1+1 phase VRM that makes use of high-grade components. Display connectivity includes two DVI, and one each of HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. While MSI did not mention what clock speeds it ships with, it definitely put it through some OC tests. The card was able to achieve 1000/1200 MHz (core/memory) with a core voltage of 1.2V. The card was put through Furmark, where it settled down to 65 degrees Celsius. MSI will introduce this card to the market very soon.
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16 Comments on MSI Shows Off Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC Power Edition Graphics Card

#1
arroyo
Why VRM area is not cooled by any heatsink?
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#2
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
MSI cyclone cards are very nice indeed. we should see more of them.
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#3
20mmrain
by: arroyo
Why VRM area is not cooled by any heatsink?
Again I don't care how good that cooler is.... if the VRM's aren't cooled what good is it??? I agree no VRM cooling sux!
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#5
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
another thought, surely someone could make a 6870 with a single 6-pin power connector if this card is stable at 1000/1200 overvolted....
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#6
HalfAHertz
My bet is that it runs over the PCI-e limit. Tho that's just a guess. I guess we'll have to see some reviews first to judge properly.
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#7
dir_d
This card must fly...
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Those are good quality FETs. They can stand some heat.
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#9
bear jesus
The fact there is mounting holes either side of the vrm's to me suggests that msi intend to have something over them, it's just not there right now :laugh: and if not then that just makes it even easier to add something yourself.
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#10
Swamp Monster
It looks llike they don't use ChiL mosfet controller on this card (Other HD 6xxx cards has it) But I guess as long as MSI afterburner works it should be fine.:toast:
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#11
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
theres no reason why you cant rip a VRM sink off an older card n fit it on yourself. but i agree - for the price you pay for one of these cards, putting on a VRM sink wouldnt hurt. someones got to remind companies that its a good thing to build products that will last
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#12
u2konline
Um, should MSI make a new design on their cards by now, why they keep adding that same fan all the time lol
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#13
N3M3515
by: u2konline
Um, should MSI make a new design on their cards by now, why they keep adding that same fan all the time lol
Because it works wonders.
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#14
Kantastic
by: N3M3515
Because it works wonders.
And looks badass.
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#15
HillBeast
Hmm. I was impressed with those temps, but then I saw the fan speed and then I was disappointed.

My HAWK 5770 can get lower temps then that, at higher voltage at 1000MHz and still not need the fan above about 60%.
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#16
pantherx12
by: wolf
another thought, surely someone could make a 6870 with a single 6-pin power connector if this card is stable at 1000/1200 overvolted....
Or a single 8 pin connector, still less cables and less solder.
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