The Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 7850 is a mid-range video card that offers 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 3.0 compliance, 7.1 HD Surround Sound and full DirectX 11 support. Diamond Multimedia has been manufacturing video cards for more than 10 years and has partnered with AMD to offer the Radeon line of video cards, coupled with Diamond’s 5 Year Limited Warranty. Gaming Illustrated received a Radeon HD 7850 to review and to kick things off our site filmed the unboxing, which can be watched below.
The box features the standard AMD/ATI logos and CGI-made model. On the front the box states that the card is DirextX 11 compliant, supports AMD Eyefinity technology, has PCI Express 3.0 support, plus has full 1080p Full HD abilities. It also states that the Radeon HD 7850 has AMD HD3D technology, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4a support, plus 7.1 HD surround sound. On the side of the box the PCI Express connection diagram shows what the port looks like on a motherboard to plug the video card into. Below that, there’s the four connection types diagrammed – Dual Link DVI-I, Single Link DVI-I, Display Port and HDMI.
On the back of the box, there’s information about the Diamond AMD Radeon HD 7850 video card. The AMD Eyefinity technology is stated to support up to three displays and the HD3D technology allows 3D games and Blu-ray movies to be rendered for appropriate 3D-compliant displays.
Inside the box, there’s a power converter to change the old four-pronged type to the 6-pronged type that goes into the card. Also inside is a Dual Link DVI-I to VGA adapter that will allow users to plug in older monitors, should they choose to go that route. There’s also a page of stickers that show off the ATI CGI Girl as well as Diamond Multimedia’s logo. A nice inclusion is the AMD CrossFire cable that will allow users to connect up two video cards to work in tandem to obtain even better graphical performance. Diamond also includes a short Video Card Manual as well as a Windows installation disc that presumably has drivers included. Finally, the card itself is included, packaged nicely in a bubble-wrap sleeve.
Gaming Illustrated will have a full review of the Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 7850 in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Diamond Multimedia for supplying the unit for this article.