Apparently, 2012 is supposed to be the apocolypse. People are baseing this prediction from the Myan calendar. However, something dawned on me the other day. Did the Mayans have a leap year, or leap day? If not, then we overstayed our welcome seeing leap day was established in 45BC. There are roughly 514 days that went unaccounted for and we should have seen this "end of days" long ago. Food for thought, but I could be wrong.
AMD has started releasing mainstream gaming lineup of their 7000 series of video cards. Most recently, we have seen the 7770 and 7750. Along side those, the 7850 and 7870 have been released. Each to hit it's desired segment of the market. The 7770 and 7750, codenamed "Carpe Verde", was meant for the performance gamer that has a lower budget. While the 7850 and 7870, codenamed "Pitcairn", is aimed for that sweet spot of hardcore/mainstream gamers. All of these new cards are based off of the new GCN architecture, each with their little tweaks and modifications to meet the various price points.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC Edition is meant to hit that sweet spot a little harder. The 7850 OC Edition features all of the newest technologies that AMD has to offer with a factory overclock and improved cooler. The overclock sets the core to 920MHz over the stock 860MHz speeds and the memory has set to 5000MHz effective over the stock 4800MHz setting. The other improvement is the addition of the DUal-X cooler. This cooler has been used on many other Sapphire products and features reduced noise output with improved temperatures. The 7850 features 2GB of DDR5 memory. The 7850 is PCI Express 3.0 ready for all of the newest Intel motherboards. AMD features on the 7850 are Eyefinity 2.0, CrossfireX, AMD APP Acceleration, DX 11 support, and AMD HD3D technology.