Video Teaser: Radeon HD 7800 Series Remains A Solid Value

Two months after the Radeon HD 7800-series cards first launched, they remain strong performers at attractive prices. We recap our coverage of the Radeon HD 7870 and 7850, discuss why we still like them, and cover one caveat for multi-GPU gamers.

We first looked at AMD's Radeon HD 7800-series cards a little more than two months ago in AMD Radeon HD 7870 And 7850 Review: Pitcairn Gets Benchmarked. At the time, we had some issues with the Radeon HD 7850 sample sent to us by AMD. Our German office had a problem with their card, too. We were bullish on the performance AMD brought to the table, though. It was only a shame the company wasn't quite ready to start selling the cards.

Now it's time to revisit that situation. Shortly after our preview, we diagnosed an incompatibility between that early sample and our X79-based test platform. All's well, and we're seeing the speed/stability we were expecting on a new build.

Today, there are plenty of Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 boards available. Although the 7870's MSRP is higher, cards are selling for as low as £260, boldly standing up to much more expensive GeForce GTX 580s. The 7850 is supposed to be a £200 product, but we've seen certain models at £180, and those easily go up against £220 GeForce GTX 570s.

Kudos to AMD for making its Radeon HD 7800 family available and offering fast mid-range boards loaded with value to gamers on a budget.

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  • 13thmonkey
    Better, almost work-safe, almost sounds like she knows what she's talking about and had an interest in it. Would like some actual content, like for instance why is the DP performance important one way or the other?
    Still prefer reading, its less intrusive to the rest of the world.
  • MajinCry
    Too much for a card. Perhaps when the 7850 card gets down to £110, will it begin to "Remains a solid value".
  • HEXiT
    third times a charm... good quick info, the presenter was sure and abrupt in her comparison and seemed comfy in what she was saying and doing... 9/10