Radeon HD7850

HD 7850 1GB CrossFire benchmarked: this generation's best multi-GPU buy

Dave James at

Recently I’ve been spending my days (and some fevered night’s dreams) benchmarking pretty much every GPU from this latest generation of graphics cards. One card has stood out as the absolute best. We’ve been recommending the standard 2GB HD 7850 as the go-to graphics card of today, as its combination of impressive price-point and brilliant 1080p performance is tough to argue against. But I’ve been playing around with the slightly-hobbled 1GB version recently and I’ve got to say I barely notice the difference from the halved frame buffer.

You’d think that in the high-resolution stakes, where the 2GB HD 7850 performed surprisingly well itself, this 1GB version would struggle. But the GPU itself taps out before the lack of graphics memory actually has an impact on performance.

For £120 then the HD 7850 1GB is an absolute bargain. So, what if you get a pair of them in your rig?

The PC Gamer Rig: A graphics upgrade... or is it?

Adam Oxford at

You can always hold off upgrading until the next big thing has been announced, so offering it as some sort of advice is a little bit weak. But the thing is, right now, there really is a good reason to hold off putting together a new machine or upgrading your old one. I've updated the PC Gamer Rig this week, but I'm not so sure you should.

Here's why.