Gigabyte might have proclaimed this as overclocked, but does it really provide enough extra power?
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Thanks to Nvidia finally getting its act together with its own mid-range cards, AMD has started aggressively pricing and now the HD 7870s, and even this overclocked edition, are sitting below the £200 mark.
Gigabyte isn't particularly well known for its GPUs in the UK, and when you look at the OC version we have in our test bench right now you might think that's a bit of a shame.
As impressed as we were by the reference design for the Nvidia GTX 680, we've been holding our breath waiting for the actual manufacturer's SKUs to tip up, and here is the Gigabyte GTX 680 Overclock Edition.
The sub-£200 graphics market is where the bulk of most PC gamers' cards come from. And the new Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC just manages to sneak in under that all-important price.
Pre-overclocked cards are always a bit of a gamble, and the penny turns on a number of factors. How overclockable is the GPU in the first instance? Does it offer much headroom to the manufacturer? The same goes with the memory. And the price of overclocking at a hardware level, as we all know, is heat generation, which often means an extra premium for a special non-standard cooler.