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Today happens to be a holiday in quite a few places around Europe (i just learned of this almost 2 weeks ago) so i basically didn't plan to upload any reviews (resting once in a while is not bad thing especially if you work between 13 and 17 hours a day) but since something urgent came up for this weekend and also because i did promise more graphics cards reviews inside May (and it's almost over) to all of you i figured that it would be nice to have another review surrounding yet again one of the latest mid-end graphics cards to hit the market by HIS digital, the Radeon HD 7850 iCooler 2GB.
HIS - Hightech Information System Limited is an internationally acclaimed graphics cards company. Time and time again, HIS were compared and tested by hundreds of worldly renowned critics. The results are phenomena, HIS have proven to offer far superior, cooler, quieter, and faster graphic cards than any other leading rivals. Up to the fourth quarter of 2008, HIS has won over 1000 awards with AMD graphic solution from major media worldwide. HIS is being recognized by providing performance leading and award-wining products. HIS was established in 1987 with the mission to produce the highest quality PC products in the industry. Besides strong devotion to excellent products and services, HIS has been conducting business with the aim to "Glorifying God". Honesty and integrity are the two key principals of how HIS are conducted. Ethical business practice has been an everyday commitment to our clients, vendors, and investors. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and with sales offices and distribution networks in Europe, Middle East, North and South America, Asia Pacific Regions our worldwide customers benefits from efficient and localized services. ISO Certified, HIS's manufacturing facility in China is managed by a team of professionals with expertise in quality control and production planning. Working with world-class clients, HIS has been consistently meeting high quality standards and fulfilled volume order in short lead-time.
Unlike the Radeon HD 7770 which uses the Cape Verde GPU the Radeon HD 7850 comes with the more advanced (and more powerful) Pitcairn core featuring a total of 1024 Shader units, 32 ROPs (raster operators) and an 256bit memory bus so just by taking into account the specifications alone the Radeon HD 7850 should be roughly 50% faster than its smaller brother the Radeon HD 7770. As expected from one of the latest generation offerings in the market the Pitcairn core (just like the Cape Verde one) is also compatible with the latest DirectX 11.1 and PCIex 3.0 protocols but personally i was mostly interested to see its performance results and since I’m sure most of you feel the same way let's move to the main review.