After removing the cooler, we actually see a pretty looking PCB. There is a black metal plate to prevent the PCB from warping, although we can't figure out why since the card is already rather short and the cooler is not very heavy.

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The 'Pitcarn Pro' HD 7850 die, rotated 45 degrees with a surrounding metal shim. Interestingly the etchings shows that it is made in China, which means TSMC (or some other fab we're not aware of) must have a new 28nm facility there.

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Eight 256MB Hynix BGA GDDR5 modules clocked at 1250MHz (5000MHz QDR).

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Only a single 6-pin PCIe connector is present, which implies that the board can draw up to a theoretical 150W of power when loaded.

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A ON Semiconductor NCP5395T 4-phase PWM is used that can be interfaced with i2C for voltage monitoring and control.

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The DirectCU II cooler is a scaled down version of the ones used on higher end ASUS cards, with only 3 copper heatpipes on the heatsink base connected to a simple array of cooling fins.

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The two fans used in the setup are actually different – a 10-bladed 72mm 0.35A model taking care of dissipating the heat from the GPU and the other 9-bladed 80mm 0.5A unit handling the toasty MOSFET cluster.

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Overall soldering quality is very good and the board uses solid capacitors for longevity.

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