KitGuru says: Sapphire’s holding a winning pair here, no doubt. It has to be said again that we have been comparing these cards against the very best, overclocked GTX460 cards on the market. AMD could have launched its second generation DX11 cards with a £400 leviathan. Instead, they have aimed squarely at the best nVidia card on the market and, based on several days’ testing, have hit the bull’s eye.
HD 6850 1GB D5
The Gamers can be so happy right now. Sapphire made great card with 3D support and multi screen support in one card. also they bring us good Overclocking ability that bring us amazing experience and performance specially for us the Gamers. Win the Editor Choice Prize!
Hot on the heels of the global launch of the new HD 6000 series of graphics cards based on the latest generation of graphics technology from AMD, SAPPHIRE Technology announces its first enhanced product – the HD 6850 TOXIC Edition.
The Sapphire HD6850 performed awesome in nearly all the gaming tests and outdid the Sapphire HD5830 previously reviewed. This makes the new Sapphire HD6850 the best budget graphics card that delivers superior performance and no expense of generating more heat or using excessive energy. The Sapphire HD6850 proved to have more overclocking headroom than anticipated and will appeal to whose who want to squeeze the most out of it. Top it off with the new generation of features with improved Eyefinity and Display Port v1.2 and HDMI 1.4a and the addition for supporting 3D Stereoscopic HD3D and your set for a whole new experience in gaming. The bottom line is that the Sapphire HD6850 hits the bulls-eye for best bang for your buck and this is why PCWizKid gives this a "Editor’s Choice" award. | Sapphire HD 6850 Review Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzAlX4T94bU | Sapphire HD6850 Benchmarks Part 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl1Sttp9Ixk
In conclusion, the Sapphire Radeon™ HD 6850 introduces more flexibility for display devices, especially where Eyefinity is used, plus it enables stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray or 3D DVD playback for the first time. The reconfigured Cypress-turned-Barts GPU offers decent gaming performance that rivals NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, and occasionally competes with the older Radeon™ HD 5850. The $180 price point is fierce with competition, and the Radeon™ HD 6850 might better benefit from discounts or rebates to succeed.
The HD6850 is a great card. I am completely impressed with this card. The card uses less power and produces less heat and noise, but performs almost exactly the same as the HD5850. This card is going to go head to head with Nvidias GTX450. Overall, I'm very impressed with the HD6850. It's great when you see manufacturers producing cards that still perform at high levels, yet reduce the power consumption, heat and noise. At the suggested $179, it's a great card at a great price. Cluboverclocker Recommended.
We can see that they are making many changes from the previous generation in performance and with Tessellation. Tessellation, I think, is an under used quality feature that a lot of people are missing out on. If you have not personally seen it in action then you need to track down someone that has the ability to run it on a good machine and you will be amazed. Objects become just more that items placed in a world they bring life to the scene. The HD 6850 is suppose to be the replacement for the current 5850 series of cards and well I wish I had one to test again the 6850, but with the results of the cards that I have you can see that it can hold up to the more powerful 460-465 cards from NVIDIA and it beat down the 5700 series of card that we test. As of right now I can say that if you are in the market to increase your fun and performance and to stay under the $180.00 price range you should look no farther than the Sapphire HD 6850.
The new Sapphire Radeon™ HD 6850 is a must have for anyone that is building a new system or upgrading from a very low end graphic card to something a little more powerful. One would think that this new card with it's higher than previous model numbering system would think it would be a taking over where the Radeon™ HD 5830 and HD 5850 left off not the case here. That is why we say it is the ideal replacement for lower graphic solutions.
While it’s not a replacement to the HD5850, it’s cheaper, draws less power, performs cooler and offers better performance in Tessellation, while most other performance is right on the tail of it…… no matter which way you look at it, the Sapphire HD 6850 is a great product and it will be exciting to see what Sapphire do with the model later down the track with product lines like TOXIC and Vapor-X……
So what does it all come down to? Well the Sapphire HD 6850 is in what we like to call the sweet spot for gaming. If you purchase this card you will be able to play games in high resolutions with high setting and have good results. This is what most gamers are looking for.
Sapphire's Radeon™ HD 6850 is a great implementation of AMD's Barts product. The replacement of the stock heatsink and blower cooler with heatpipe cooler and axial fan gives the card a smart look and great thermal management. Performance is good, with some nice Crossfire scaling in conjunction with our reference AMD Radeon™ HD 6850.
There are some other appealing new features brought into the mix, notably 3D and tessellation, though these really do appeal to a very small niche market at this point in time. Our gaming results showed a bit of a mixed bag overall, as the 6850 runs very well and Sapphire has done a great job with the heatsink, temperatures, and noise, not to mention it's all contained in a rather small-sized card that's power frugal. But we do know that this Sapphire 6850 is a very attractive model, running rather cool and quiet, and packing quite a bit of gaming horsepower under the hood for a very good price. With essentially the same performance of the 5850, the 6850 brings some new features into the mix in what looks to be a great start to the new AMD lineup.
Perhaps I'm dwelling on the negatives elsewhere, since I cannot find any fault on the Sapphire HD 6850. Simply put, it is just a great value buy no matter how you look at it. Whether you are looking for a video card that can handle the latest games and perform nearly as well as cards that cost $50 more, or if you are looking for a video card that has excellent encoding/decoding acceleration, or if you are looking for a video card that doesn't consume a lot of power or double as a space heater. The Sapphire HD 6850 does all of this and more.
The Sapphire HD 6850 that we reviewed today runs quiet and cool. The non-reference cooler from Sapphire seems to do a good job of keeping the cards cool without adding much noise. It's relatively short in length and light in weight, making it a perfect card for any system, espcially for those with a small case. Also, the card has plenty of overclocking potential. What impresses us more is actually its low power consumption and the low temperatures.