HIS sent us not one, but two of their brand new 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo 4GB cards. I find the combination of 4GB of RAM and a 7850 to be a bit odd as a single card has little hope of driving enough monitor to need more than 2GB. A pair of cards on the other hand, have a chance. In Crossfire (and SLI) the GPU RAM is not added together, a pair of 2GB cards still gives you 2GB. Thus for high resolution (or extremely high detail) use, two 2GB cards might not cut it. Enter the 7850 4GB cards! Inexpensive enough to crossfire (I hope), plenty of RAM for top end stuff. The main question is, does a 7850 core have enough guts to push that many pixels? I aim to find out.
Tahiti and Pitcairn has been out for a while now, so it’s time for partners to start getting out non-reference versions, at least with their own cooling. HIS has done so with their Pitcairn line with the 7870 IceQ X Turbo X version of the reference 7870. Let’s see if this card can manage to run cooler, quieter, and achieve some solid clocks.