Sapphire has added three new Radeon HD 7850 graphics cards to its line-up, designed to better match consumer preferences. All three are equipped with the familiar Dual-X cooler and feature a dual BIOS. Sapphire has changed one of the mini DisplayPort outputs on the card to a DVI connector, resulting in 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and a single DisplayPort video output. Consumers in this price segment prefer the DVI output over a second mini-DisplayPort connector, Sapphire claims and they may well be right.
The first card is equipped with 2 GB of memory and operates at reference clock frequencies (860 MHz for the core and 1200 MHz for the GDDR5 memory). Two overclocked models have been announced; the HD 7850 OC Edition has a 920 MHz core clock frequency, with its 2 GB of GDDR5 clocked at 1250 MHz, while the HD 7850 1GB has a 900 MHz core clock. This last model has its memory clocked at the reference speed of 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effectively).
Prices are likely to be similar to Sapphire's earlier HD 7850 cards. The graphics cards are bundled with the TriXX overclocking software, which allows users to adjust both clock frequencies and voltages.
New Sapphire Radeon HD 7850's will have two DVI outputs.