MSI Shows Off Cyclone Cooler Equipped R6850 Power Edition

"Today MSI announced the launch of its R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition graphics card."

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Christmas this year seems to be the season for graphics cards as one manufacturer after another is coming up with its custom-built GPUs. Today it is the turn of MSI, who announced the launch of its R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition graphics card. According to MSI, the R6850 is the first Radeon HD6850 based card to support triple over-voltage function.

MSI’s Cyclone series cards are quite popular among enthusiasts and overclockers as they offer lot of space and capabilities for tweaking and tuning the performance of the GPU and drawing out the maximum possible juice from the card. Continuing the tradition, the new R6850 Cyclone Power Edition card is also a mainstream card that boasts of some really high end features.

While MSI has not messed around with the stock clocks or the memory, it has made some awesome changes to the overall design. Take for example the Military Class II materials used in the card. A big step ahead of the already acclaimed Military Class components from the company, Military Class II features Hi-C tantalum caps and a SFC high-performance choke, both of which great improve the stability and life of the card.

Then there is MSI’s exclusive Cyclone thermal solution, which takes cooling to an all new level. With its nickel-plated pure copper heat-sink, 9cm temperature-controlled fan, specially designed heatpipes and fins, the Cyclone cooler is not just extremely powerful, but also extremely silent. Once in full flow, it has the ability to keep the GPU temperature lower by up to 14oC from the stock card even as the noise level is 4dB lower.

The R6850 also features another MSI exclusive – the P/S Switch, which lets users switch between Performance Mode and Silent Mode instantly. While the former mode provides higher cooling power for better performance, the latter adjusts the fan speed for quieter operations. The card is also the first Radeon HD6850-based GPU to come with a triple over-voltage function. This unique function, clubbed with MSI’s exclusive Afterburner OC software allows users to totally control the voltage of the GPU, RAM and VDDCI.

The power system of the card has also been enhanced using a 6+1 power supply feature. When compared to the reference design, this allows the MSI R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition to be overclocked by a long way without any visible effect on its stability.

Availability and pricing for the card have not yet been revealed.

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Most Recent Comments

18-12-2010, 19:54:45

Looking into getting some GPU3 folding going in the next month so need some opinions fellas.

We all know the GTX 460 gives the best PPD per cost ratio... but what card in this range also adheres the best?

Is it worth going for 1GB of memory and a slightly better clock? I'm not exactly sure of what the folding client likes in the GPU's.

Heres 2 cards at the bottom and top end essentially...

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW 1024MB GDDR5 (Top end - £180~)
- Core Clock: 850MHz
- Memory: 1024MB GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 4000MHz (Effective)
- Memory Interface: 256-Bit
- Processing Cores: 336
- Shader Clock: 1700MHz

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 768MB GDDR5 (Bottom end - £130)
- Core Clock: 763MHz
- Memory: 768MB GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 3800MHz (Effective)
- Memory Interface: 256-Bit
- Processing Cores: 336
- Shader Clock: 1526MHz

What really is THE best card for my money? Maybe its not even a 460 for all I know... Advice!

18-12-2010, 19:56:19

The FTW is probably the best 'out the box' card for Folding but the Asus DirectCU clock like demons and will probably spank the EVGA in the long run!

18-12-2010, 20:12:56

I'm running a pair each of Giga 1M and 768 cards, the 1M cards clock well and produce a little better PPD at the same clocks.

50 pounds difference seems like alot though......

I'd go for the cheapest card with the best cooling solution....

19-12-2010, 06:08:50

Personally if i was thinking of spending 180 on a viddy card then adding an extra 20 & getting a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SUPER OC etc would be a far better choice. If it had to be a 460 then id choose one that's placed in the middle price wise like the Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 1GB.

Whatever card you get, get one with decent cooling & not the reference s***

19-12-2010, 06:09:36

You might want to look at the GTX470 first...
as it gets more PPD and so far i have them as cheap as some of the GTX460's..

But i agree with Steve :)

19-12-2010, 06:16:42

I got 2x460 SC 768 MB and they are clocking to 850 MHz at the stock voltage.
The only problem is that is some games like Metro you need more RAM on the card, especially on high res, so IMO it is worth it to buy card with more Memory - or maybe you should wait for GTX560 mate - they r coming soon.

19-12-2010, 06:18:25

MSI hawk 'talon attack'

asus direct cu

giga super OC

they are all around the same price for the 1gb versions.

19-12-2010, 08:15:14

what about a gigabyte 1024mb 460 for 140inc postage?

Gigabyte GV N460OC-1GI
Core Clock - 715 MHz (675MHz standard)
Shader Clock - 1430 MHz (1350MHz standard)
Memory Clock - 3600 MHz

Just overclock it? :D

I thought the 768mb cards were only 192-bit mem?

19-12-2010, 08:51:28


I thought the 768mb cards were only 192-bit mem?

That's correct sir :)

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