Club 3D HD7850 Royal Queen Review
Published: 17th October 2012 | Source: Club 3D | Price: |
It's very easy to get caught up in the arms race that is involved when buying a new GPU. "For another x pounds I can get a y, and for a few more than that I could upgrade to a z". Before you know it you've doubled the cost of your purchase. But reality is nothing if not a harsh mistress and the fiscal restraints placed upon us all in these dark times mean that there often isn't a chance to stretch your budget a little further. So if you are extremely short on cash, does the Club 3D HD7850 Royal Queen give us the all-important bang for buck without causing you to live on beans on toast for a month?
We think you'd struggle to make it to the end of our review without coming to the conclusion that not only is the Club 3D HD7850 Royal Queen a fabulous bargain buy, but with the combination of performance, overclocking capability, and near silence of the cooler, it's possibly the best value graphics card on the market right now. If you haven't yet reached that conclusion then let us tell you that it certainly is the case.
When you're dealing in hardware at this low price you expect to pay more for the underlying processor than any aesthetic pleasures, yet Club 3D have managed to tick every single box. The packaging is excellent. No photocopied pamphlets or what have you. The card itself is really attractive. Devoid of the cheap 'plastic with a sticker' cooler than we might expect at this price, it's a full metal affair, designed specifically for this card. Not only that but the performance of the cooler is stunning. To say it's quiet is doing a disservice to quiet things. It's a church mouse in slippers. Even under the heaviest loading, and with our big overclock, it remains as quiet as the Silver Arrow CPU cooler. This is on an open test bed about a foot away from us. In a case you'd never notice it at all. The inclusion of a game, even a poor one, is merely icing on the cake.
Obviously nobody expects this to outperform a HD7970 and even tuning the anti-aliasing from maximum to just 2x and lowering the shadow detail slightly from ultra to medium will have a massive improvement in frame-rates. You only have to look at the 20FPS improvement in Unigine to see what is possible. So we test in the same way so that all of our results are comparable, but more realistic settings should see the Royal Queen capable of handling anything you choose to throw its way. If it can run Crysis 2 with the High-Res texture pack without a glitch, we're certain that lesser titles will be no problem.
We're big fans of good value items here at OC3D. Anyone can produce a 'money no object' item of hardware and make it perform well. That's not difficult. To produce something with this level of performance and in such an attractive package really takes some clever thinking. It's so good we'd suggest you don't bother with the King or Ace models and just overclock this yourself. We can't think of a single thing we don't like about it. It's cheap, overclocks like a lunatic, is whisper quiet and looks the business. An unhesitatingly high recommendation from us, and an easy winner of the OC3D Gold Award. At only £130 it has to win our Value For Money award too.
We love it, and you will too.