MSI Releases R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition GPU

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 24 2010 10:53 AM
Looking for a new graphics card to spruce up your holiday season? No one wants to play laggy titles, particularly with all of this time off, and MSI is looking out for the Elves who are interested in making those FPS numbers head sky-high. The company has just released their R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition card, which uses the AMD Radeon HD6850 GPU, a Cyclone thermal solution, a nickel-plate pure copper heatsink, 9cm temperature controlled fan and a unique "P/S Switch."

What that does is rather simple: it will switch 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. As both modes deliver excellent cooling performance, even the pickiest power users can always keep the environment under control according to their needs.

MSI hasn't released a price yet, but it should be out on store shelves shortly.

MSI launches R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition
Unleash the potential of the Barts GPU with enhanced thermal solution and 6+1 phase power system for triple over-voltage!

(Taipei-Taiwan) Internationally renowned graphic card and mainboard manufacturer MSI today officially launches the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition graphic card equipped with the latest AMD RadeonTM HD6850 GPU. Apart from being the first Radeon HD6850-based graphic card supporting triple over-voltage functions, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is equipped with the 6+1 power system to improve power supply quality and stability. Also the critically acclaimed Cyclone thermal solution can reduce the GPU temperature by up to 14?C and lower noise by 4dB versus the reference design under full-speed operations. MSI also introduces the exclusively developed P/S Switch for users to adjust fan speed between the Performance Mode and Silent Mode. The former emphasizes an enhanced cooling power; while the latter stresses on quiet operations. With the P/S Switch, power users can switch from one mode to another to meet their needs at different times. In terms of materials, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is equipped with the latest Military Class II materials exclusively from MSI. In addition to the Hi-C tantalum caps and solid caps, these include the SFC high-performance choke to ensure the best power supply quality and stability. Overall, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is one of the most powerful Radeon HD6850-based graphic cards with the most functions and highest quality.

Triple Over-voltage and 6+1 phase power system
The R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is the first Radeon HD6850-based graphic card supporting triple over-voltage function. With the MSI-exclusive OC software, Afterburner, users can easily adjust the voltage of the GPU, RAM and VDDCI. When compared with other graphic cards of the same level, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition has more OC potential. Additionally, the R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is equipped with a more robust power system compared to other graphic cards of the same level. When compared with the reference design, the 6+1 power system can enhance OC stability and unleash the full potential of the graphic card.

MSI-exclusive Cyclone thermal solution
The R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition is equipped with the MSI-exclusive Cyclone thermal solution. 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. The 9cm diameter temperature-controlled fan generates powerful airflow that disappates heat effectively off the GPU. When compared with the reference design, the Cyclone can effectively reduce the GPU temperature by 14?C and lower noise by 4dB! Maintaining a balance between cooling efficiency and quietness, the Cyclone brings power users a low-temperature and quiet work environment.

Performance/Silent Modes for picky power users
Considering the diversity of graphic card users, MSI has developed the exclusive 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. As both modes deliver excellent cooling performance, even the pickiest power users can always keep the environment under control according to their needs.

Quality advancement: Military Class II materials
To pursue quality and stability excellence has always been the unchanged goal of MSI, and the Military Class standard has won heated support and trust from power users. Taking a step forward, MSI launches the Military Class II standard. This includes the Hi-C tantalum caps with lifespan 8 times longer than solid caps, the SFC high-performance choke which supplies 30% more power, and the all solid caps with a lifespan up to 10 years. With such components, the quality and stability of graphic cards are maximized.

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realneil replied on Fri, Dec 24 2010 8:34 PM

Nice card. I like the military grade components inside. If they really do mean added reliability, then that's a good thing.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Dec 25 2010 10:44 AM

Love that fan.

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