Club 3D HD7850 Royal Queen Review
Published: 17th October 2012 | Source: Club 3D | Price: |
The packaging for the Royal Queen hints at the small size of the card itself. Thankfully, despite it being a prime candidate for shelf space somewhere, Club 3D have resisted the urge to fill the box up with logos and such. We like it very much indeed. Inside you get all the bits you'd expect from such a good value card, driver disk, install guide, bridge, and a code to download the rather risible Dirt Showdown. But you can't grumble at a free title and at least it's not Dirt 3 which everyone in the universe has a copy of by now.
The minimalist design continues to the card itself. In fact it's an amazing looking thing. So often at this price point you're stuck with a reference cooler or, if you do get a third party one, it's always plastic. This is all metal and has definitely been designed with the HD7850 in mind. There are no rough edges or bits hanging off. Even the red PCB only accentuates the red highlights on the cooler.
Being such a low power card there is no need for a wealth of heatpipes. The cooler is perfectly proportioned and the card is compact in size and weight. The branding on the visible edge is a nice touch.
Demonstrating how frugal the Royal Queen is we only have as single 6 pin PCIe power input. Outputs are a single DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
If the performance matches the looks this could be a winner.