MSI R6850 Cyclone Review

By Nimish Sawant | Updated Nov 15 2011
MSI R6850 Cyclone  Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    70

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Factory overclocked
  • Brilliant open fan design
  • CONS
  • None

Verdict

This is the best AMD card under Rs.10,000 although we would like to see the price drop further. Frame rates are great for the cost. An open frame design ensures that the load temperature is under 60 degrees C.

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MSI R6850 Cyclone detailed review

Features: MSI R6850 Cyclone is the factory overclocked version of the HD 6850. MSI has souped it up by 85 MHz which is a significant rise from the core clock of 775 MHz.


Design and Build: MSI R6850 has a very unique design. There is no shroud to speak of, the aluminium circular heatsink is placed in the centre, on top of which lies the fan. Two heat pipes follow the curve of the circular heat sink. The metal branding on top of the heat sink makes this card look wonderful.

Performance: As it belongs to MSI's Cyclone edition, scores are expected to be on the higher side. While it is considerably higher than the GTX 550Ti it is still nowhere close to GTX 560Ti or GTX 560. Dirt3 and FarCry2 can be played comfortably even at 1920x1200. Thanks to the intricate heatsink and fan design, its load temperature is around 58 degrees C with a temperature delta of just 16 degrees which is even better than the lower specced HD 6770.

Refer to the gallery to view benchmarks, as well as the below table.

Verdict: This is the best AMD card under Rs.10,000 although we would like to see the price drop further. Frame rates are great for the cost. An open frame design ensures that the load temperature is under 60 degrees C.

Score Out of 100: 63.27

Price: Rs.9,900

Features, Specs, Scores

Brand Model

MSI HD6850

Type of memory / Memory Clock (MHz)

DDR5 / 1100

Core / Shader Clock (MHz)
860 / NA
No. of Stream Processors
960
Memory size (MB) / Memory Interface

1024 / 256-bit

Connects on card

2xDVI-D, HDMI, Display Port

Accessories provided

DVI to D-Sub, 6pin power adapter, Crossfire Bridge, Driver CD

Game Provided
N
Synthetic Benchmarks
3D Mark 11 (Overall)
5834
3D Mark 11 (Graphics)
6056

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Score

630

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Frame rate

25
Temperature (Load)
58
Temperature (Idle)
42

Game Benchmarks

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

103.6

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

91.42

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

84.91

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

90.41

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

78.41

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

72.1

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, No AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

91.7

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, 4x AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

64.6

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1920x1080, 4xAA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

57.6

Resident Evil (1680x1050, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

110.1

Resident Evil (1920x1080, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

99.7

Crysis Warhead (1280x1024, DX10, Med) Avg

74

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Med) Avg

66

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Very High) Avg

31

Crysis Warhead (1920x1080, DX10, Very High) Avg

28

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

116.5

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

103.06

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

94.14

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

102.44

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

87.01

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

80.55
Crysis 2 (1920x1080 Hardcore)
42.82
Crysis 2 (1680x1050 Hardcore)
48.59

MSI R6850 Cyclone Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
Market Status: Discontinued

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