MSI has launched the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition graphics card equipped with the latest AMD RadeonTM HD6850 GPU and promises easy overclocking, quieter fans and cooler running temperatures.
The R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is the first Radeon HD6850-based graphic card supporting triple over-voltage functions, which promises to make overclocking relatively easy. Afterburner, which is MSI-exclusive overclocking software, enables users to easily adjust the voltage of the GPU, RAM and VDDCI. MSI claim: “When compared with other graphic cards of the same level, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition has more OC potential.” The power system of the R6850 Cyclone, entitled 6+1, also enhances overclocking stability and can “unleash the full potential of the graphic card.” Oooh!
While some graphic card users don’t mind the whirring of fans in the background as they do battle with alien foe on a far off world, some want peace and quiet to allow them to focus entirely on their computing effort. And so MSI has come up with the P/S Switch function for users to adjust fan speed between the Performance Mode and Silent Mode. “The former emphasizes an enhanced cooling power that can significantly reduce GPU temperature to keep the graphic card at the optimal working condition, while the latter stresses on quiet operations for users to keep noise minimal while playing games or watching a movie.”
To keep things cool, the R6850 is equipped with the Cyclone thermal solution, and with the nickel-plated pure copper heat-sink, the heat generated by the GPU is efficiently transported to the fins on both sides via the heatpipes. According to MSI when compared with the reference design, the Cyclone can effectively reduce the GPU temperature by 14°C and lower noise by 4dB.