PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 passive 1 GB

PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 passive 1 GB

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Introduction



Over one year ago, AMD released the HD 7800 Series based on the company's Pitcairn silicon that uses the GCN shader architecture on a 28 nm process. The HD 7850 provides great midrange capabilities at affordable pricing.



PowerColor has a long history of engineering passively custom-cooled cards with their SCS series. The PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 continues that saga and introduces a new option for gamers who want absolutely no noise coming from the graphics card while gaming at full HD.

Unlike many HD 7850 cards, the PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 comes with just 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, which will reduce performance at resolutions beyond full HD; that said, 1080p full HD should be fine.

In terms of pricing, PowerColor expects a $25 premium over the 1 GB reference design.

HD 7850 SCS3 Market Segment Analysis
 GeForce
GTX 650 Ti
Radeon
HD 6870
GeForce
GTX 560 Ti
Radeon
HD 7790
Radeon
HD 6950
GeForce
GTX 570
Radeon
HD 6970
Radeon
HD 7850
PowerColor
HD 7850 SCS3
GeForce
GTX 650 Ti Boost
GeForce
GTX 660
Radeon
HD 7870
GeForce
GTX 580
GeForce
GTX 660 Ti
Shader Units7681120384896140848015361024102476896012805121344
ROPs1632321632403232322424324824
Graphics ProcessorGK106BartsGF114BonaireCaymanGF110CaymanPitcairnPitcairnGK106GK106PitcairnGF110GK104
Transistors2540M1700M1950M2080M2640M3000M2640M2800M2800M2540M2540M2800M3000M3500M
Memory Size1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB2048 MB1280 MB2048 MB2048 MB1024 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB1536 MB2048 MB
Memory Bus Width128 bit256 bit256 bit128 bit256 bit320 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit192 bit192 bit256 bit384 bit192 bit
Core Clock925 MHz900 MHz823 MHz1000 MHz800 MHz732 MHz880 MHz860 MHz860 MHz980 MHz+980 MHz+1000 MHz772 MHz915 MHz+
Memory Clock1350 MHz1050 MHz1002 MHz1500 MHz1250 MHz950 MHz1375 MHz1200 MHz1200 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1200 MHz1002 MHz1502 MHz
Price$130$170$170$140$170$250$380$180$195$170$200$210$310$280
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