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MSI launches R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition Graphics Card

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Internationally renowned graphic card and mainboard manufacturer MSI today officially launches the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition graphic card equipped with the latest AMD Radeon HD 6850 GPU. Apart from being the first Radeon HD 6850-based graphic card supporting triple over-voltage functions, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is equipped with the 6+1 power system to improve power supply quality and stability. Also the critically acclaimed Cyclone thermal solution can reduce the GPU temperature by up to 14°C and lower noise by 4dB versus the reference design under full-speed operations. MSI also introduces the exclusively developed P/S Switch for users to adjust fan speed between the Performance Mode and Silent Mode. The former emphasizes an enhanced cooling power; while the latter stresses on quiet operations.

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That heat sink looks as though they ripped off a 460 and put it on this junk.
 
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Second card from MSI with non-ref cooling, I would like to see how it fairs vs the Asus 6850 DicrectCU in terms of temperature and noise.
 

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That heat sink looks as though they ripped off a 460 and put it on this junk.
MSI used Cyclone on a number of graphics cards, way before GTX 460. They used it even on HD 4890.
 
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I would prefer a Twin Frozr II on the card. I am using a 6870 with the Twin Frozr II (waiting on 2nd one) and the cooling/noise level is very impressive. IDK about these cyclone coolers but they look rather small.
 
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looks kinda like they strapped a zalman c9900 to it. lol
 

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I remember that 4890, theres a review in this site, the Cyclone SOC 1000/1000
 
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I love the memory and VDDCI voltage adjustment feature, i would love to see it on more cards.
 
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nough said !
 
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That heat sink looks as though they ripped off a 460 and put it on this junk.
Very easy to assume you were calling the 6850 junk as this is probably the best one made so far (at least overclocking wise due to RAM and VDDCI voltage control) and if the best one is junk what would that make the rest of them? :p
 
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Very easy to assume you were calling the 6850 junk as this is probably the best one made so far (at least overclocking wise due to RAM and VDDCI voltage control) and if the best one is junk what would that make the rest of them? :p
For overclocking features perhaps the best one, but that heat sink not so much Twin Fozr is much better.
 
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For overclocking features perhaps the best one, but that heat sink not so much Twin Fozr is much better.
i have to agree on that, if they intended this to be over volted in so many ways i would have expected the twin frozr to be much better suited, party due to cooling the core better but also as it would probably give more airflow over the VRM heat sink and the rest of the cards components.
 
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i have to agree on that, if they intended this to be over volted in so many ways i would have expected the twin frozr to be much better suited, party due to cooling the core better but also as it would probably give more airflow over the VRM heat sink and the rest of the cards components.
Which is why this card makes no sense, unless they want you to replace the heat sink, in which case sell the card bare, and take 40 dollars or so off the price.
 
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Which is why this card makes no sense, unless they want you to replace the heat sink, in which case sell the card bare, and take 40 dollars or so off the price.
I would guess it was a way to balance the added cost of custom board and cooler without it being high enough for people to just go for a 6870 or any other card within the same price range.
 
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I would guess it was a way to balance the added cost of custom board and cooler without it being high enough for people to just go for a 6870 or any other card within the same price range.
Which is why it seems misplaced, it's like when they designed it, they said "we want to make an awesome overclocking card but we don't want to spend a lot of money. It just feels half assed IMO.
 
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Which is why it seems misplaced, it's like when they designed it, they said "we want to make an awesome overclocking card but we don't want to spend a lot of money. It just feels half assed IMO.
To me it just feels like they chose the wrong card to do this to, the 6850 easily runs into 6870 prices when it uses a custom board and cooling if done right (twin frozr) yet when overclocked would still be beat by an overclocked 6870 with stock cooling and standard board.
 
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To me it just feels like they chose the wrong card to do this to, the 6850 easily runs into 6870 prices when it uses a custom board and cooling if done right (twin frozr)
This is exactly how I see it, nice features to have but out of place given they didn't modify the cooling.
 
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Exactly what is being complained about with this card? It doesn't look like a flash cooler? It's actually a very efficient cooler and the one review I've seen of it @ Guru 3D it runs cool, quiet, and overclocks to over 1GHz.

If I was looking for a negative, it doesn't dump the heat out of the case.
 

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These coolers are actually pretty decent. I too, though, prefer the Twin Frozrs
 
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These coolers are actually pretty decent. I too, though, prefer the Twin Frozrs
The problem is that it's not enough to warrant to voltage mods, and if your going to do this you need more cooling, and thus this should have been done on the 6870.