The XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition was designed to be a low cost entry level card for the AMD Radeon HD 7800 series. Over the past seven months the price of the Radeon HD 7850 has gone from $250 down to $160, which is rather impressive. The XFX R7850 1GB Core Edition can be found at Newegg for $159.99 shipped or for $199.99 shipped on Amazon. It also comes with a Two Worlds II game coupon for free.
When it comes to gaming performance the XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core
Edition did better than expected with a screen resolution of 1920×1080!
We were able to easily play all the current game titles at 1080p with
the image quality settings cranked up! There were a few game titles like
Skyrim where we felt a minor hiccup here or there when the frame buffer
would fill up, but they were few and far between. If you are looking to
save a few bucks and don’t plan on playing beyond 1920×1080 then the XFX
R7850 1GB Core Edition should be something to consider.
The Ghost Thermal Technology was great on the XFX R7850 Core Edition when it was in an idle state. The card could barely be heard and the temperature was an impressive 32C when the GPU was not being used. When the GPU was at 100% load in games or other applications the single fan spun up to over 3,000 RPM and became rather loud. Temperatures on the GPU topped out at 74C, which is great, but you will most certainly hear the fan of the card in your system.
The XFX R7850 1GB Core Edition comes backed by a two year hardware warranty. All XFX Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics Cards with 10-digit
model numbers ending in “R” is eligible for the limited lifetime hardware warranty. The part number on this card is FX-785A-ZNFC, so we are out of luck. If you are wanting a lifetime warranty then you should look for one of those part numbers or any Double Dissipation Edition card as they can be lifetime warrantied. Just be sure to register your card within 30
days of purchase to get the longer warranty.
At the end of the day the XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition video card performed well and for $159.99 at Newegg it is hard to ignore. It also overclocked from 860MHz on the core clock to 1050MHz with no fuss at all, which boosted performance by 20% in most benchmarks. Not bad for this price point and we recommend this card to those that want a low cost AMD Radeon HD 7850 graphics card and don’t care about a little fan noise!
Legit Bottom Line: The XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition has half the memory of a standard Radeon HD 7850 2GB card, but can still play 1080p game titles with ease!