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Awesome card for the price
on August 20, 2013
Short Version: Paired with an AMD FX-4130 quad-core at 3.8Ghz, 12GB of RAM, and a 46" Toshiba HDTV, I can only rarely tell the difference between games on my PC and games on my Xbox360. In fact I have several titles on both platforms and some actually look better running on this card than on the console. If you already have a decent CPU and a fair bit of RAM in your machine, this card is hands-down a better buy for gaming than a console IMO.
So far I've run all my games on the highest or next-to-highest setting and it's super-smooth. Older games like Day of Defeat Source and Red Faction 2 are on highest possible settings and running in the 200fps range!
This card stays relatively cool while running smooth frame rates in high or ultra settings in games like Crysis 2 ME, Burnout Paradise Ultimate, Dead Space, Metro 2033, StarForge, Battlefield 3, etc.
I have been able to bog this card down if I really try, but we're talking about a $160 video card and I can run Battlefield 3 on almost all highest settings, at over 60fps at 1900 x 1080 resolution on a 46" HDTV with the HDMI port, and it looks so good it makes my roommates cry with envy. Also simultaneously running a 23" monitor at the same resolution on the DVI port, but don't use them both at the same time for games (the screen sizes are just too different), so if you're looking for that 3-monitor-surround-your-head-with-game-awesomeness setup, I can't testify to that here. But for what I use it for, I'm very happy with it!
I'm upgrading from a Galaxy GeForce 9500GT (which was similar price about 3 years ago) and this absolutely slaps that old thing in the face and calls it names. While it obviously doesn't really compare to the super-high-end cards out there now, those sell for at least 3 times what this 7850 cost me, in my opinion it's amazing for the price point.
Smaller monitor worked perfect right out of the box, but took a small amount of tweaking (maybe 15 minutes) to match it up with my HDTV and get it looking great. The Catalyst control software has some really nice features that made it pretty straightforward. I will recommend if you are connecting to an HDTV, set your tv to "PC Mode" and turn "Game Mode" on if your tv has one, and then start messing with the card's settings.