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PowerColor AMD Radeon 7850 2GB 256-Bit Video Card

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PowerColor AMD Radeon 7850 2GB 256-Bit Video Card
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This is a good mining card, not great but decent hash for cost. Hashes around 350-400KH/s Scrypt mining for 120AR is pretty good. Hard to find old 79xx cards now so deals on 78xx might be the best bet at this point. 

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It's also a pretty decent gaming card, for anyone who wants to use it that way.

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This is the best bang-for the upgrade I can find from my melted GX460. I am concerned though that there are no reviews on this product and a lot of Power Color's other cards have iffy reviews. Or do their reviews seem in-line with other brands?

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Good deal OP

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ericish said:   This is the best bang-for the upgrade I can find from my melted GX460. I am concerned though that there are no reviews on this product and a lot of Power Color's other cards have iffy reviews. Or do their reviews seem in-line with other brands?
  Powercolor is not a top-ranked brand for reliablity.  But, I've owned their video cards before and they've lasted several years without issues.  Two years ago when I bought my last video card it was Sapphire/HIS/Gigabyte as the top brands.  Asus and MSI are also contenders.  I would not worry overmuch about PowerColor.  I picked up a PNY GTX 760 last month and so far, it's great.  I grabbed a Squaretrade warranty on the off chance that PNY doesn't honor the warranty - they've had some hit and miss it seems especially when they stop manufacturing the cards.  I would put Powercolor and PNY on par and say if it runs well for a month it should be fine for a couple years.  If you're worried, get an addon warranty for a few bucks.  You're still saving a good chunk vs. some of the other brands.

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Not enough of any upgrade from my 6850, and 7870's are still sky high.

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Logan71 said:   Not enough of any upgrade from my 6850, and 7870's are still sky high.
  FWIW, I was able to sell my 6870 on Amazon last month for ~$130 after shipping and fees, so if you can sell your 6850 on Amazon, the upgrade might be worthwhile for you, nearly a break even or possibly even make money.  A Sapphire HD6850 is listing for $180...other brands for ~$120. 

  Most games you're looking at a solid 25% performance boost with the 7850 over the 6850, and significantly lower temps.  Power draw is pretty close though.  Your call.

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only IF you do get the rebate. The rebate form is designed to reject your claim. Ie. Invoice must be printed from Newegg My Account section. If you checked out as Guest, you will be screwed.

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I have a Powercolor 6850HD that's still going strong after 2+ years in a machine that's been on 24/7 since I built it. Used primarily for Photoshop and OpenSimulator, not games-intensive usage, but has been reliable for me so far.

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Dunno about the hash rate claims. I've got a new Powercolor 7870 and it tops out at about 300Kh/s... I've found no tweaks that get it past that threshold, even overclocking it a bit.

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limerickey said:   Dunno about the hash rate claims. I've got a new Powercolor 7870 and it tops out at about 300Kh/s... I've found no tweaks that get it past that threshold, even overclocking it a bit.
  
That sounds terrible, but there are always duds in a batch. These aren't really 'designed' to be mined 24/7 so not all cards can tolerate that kind of abuse. Have you tried using BAMT? Its a live-usb drive that runs in linux and has all API, Drivers, etc you need to mine and I got much better results under that than under windows (for example I was able to get it to run at much higher thread concurrency than windows would allow). 

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limerickey said:   Dunno about the hash rate claims. I've got a new Powercolor 7870 and it tops out at about 300Kh/s... I've found no tweaks that get it past that threshold, even overclocking it a bit.
  It would pay for itself in about 100 days assuming that the *coin market doesn't tank.

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zoid99 said:   
limerickey said:   Dunno about the hash rate claims. I've got a new Powercolor 7870 and it tops out at about 300Kh/s... I've found no tweaks that get it past that threshold, even overclocking it a bit.
  It would pay for itself in about 100 days assuming that the *coin market doesn't tank.

  Dogecoin no tank. To the MOOOOOOON!

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Logan71 said:   Not enough of any upgrade from my 6850, and 7870's are still sky high.
 

  
Is a Powercolor 7870 for $160 a good deal compared to this? I'm building a gaming machine using AMD FX-6300 for BF4 type games. I've been eyeing this one on Newegg for a week, but can't decide to get it or take the jump to a GTX 760.

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Mining hash performance be damned, I will say that I don't regret the 7870 as a fine vid card, particularly for the $115 AR it ended up costing me. Powercolor rebate check just came today so about a 40 day turnaround. Not bad at all.  Plays Bioshock Infinite great.

As to the mining, I've been too eclectic in the few weeks I've been mining... a few thousand doge here, a couple dozen feathercoins there, some tiny fraction of a litecoin, and a big pile of bbqcoins. Next mission is figuring out how to liquidate these. Putting up a bunch of coins at the lowest offer price didn't move them after a day on one of the exchanges...

ETA: Thanks for the BAMT pointer... will have to give that a shot.

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limerickey said:   Mining hash performance be damned, I will say that I don't regret the 7870 as a fine vid card, particularly for the $115 AR it ended up costing me. Powercolor rebate check just came today so about a 40 day turnaround. Not bad at all.  Plays Bioshock Infinite great.

As to the mining, I've been too eclectic in the few weeks I've been mining... a few thousand doge here, a couple dozen feathercoins there, some tiny fraction of a litecoin, and a big pile of bbqcoins. Next mission is figuring out how to liquidate these. Putting up a bunch of coins at the lowest offer price didn't move them after a day on one of the exchanges...

ETA: Thanks for the BAMT pointer... will have to give that a shot.

  If you want simple, you can mine at middlecoin.com like I do. It pays out direct into BTC rather than in the random altcoins it mines. So you get paid in a single currency and they try to mine the 'most profitable' coin at the time. Its simple if thats what you're looking for. I also mine DOGE on the side just because its funny

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zoid99 said:   
limerickey said:   Dunno about the hash rate claims. I've got a new Powercolor 7870 and it tops out at about 300Kh/s... I've found no tweaks that get it past that threshold, even overclocking it a bit.
  It would pay for itself in about 100 days assuming that the *coin market doesn't tank.

  Are you also factoring in the cost of electricity to run the machine 24/7 during those 100 days? Very few seldom do

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Nice card and one of the better upgrade choices for many. However keep in mind that it requires a 500W or larger power supply as well as a dedicated video card power connector. So check that your computer meets those requirements or you will have to purchase a new power supply too.

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Anyone know if this will work out-of-the-box on Max OS 10.9? I know they now have a ton of drivers for "PC" video cards built into the OS, but I have no idea how to determine what's supported.

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kstraka said:   Anyone know if this will work out-of-the-box on Max OS 10.9? I know they now have a ton of drivers for "PC" video cards built into the OS, but I have no idea how to determine what's supported.
Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question.

But what are you wanting it for?  I don't know that it's your best pic for graphical work.  And a lot of games are not OS X supported, or weren't last time I checked.

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