Conclusion: The Sapphire HD 6850 Vapor-X might not be the most powerful or the fastest GPU available right now but to many people that isn’t a big deal. The 6850 Vapor-X is more than powerful enough for nearly any modern game and from both the synthetic and gaming benchmarks we ran it is clear that the card performs quite adequately.
Summary: The Sapphire HD 6850 Vapor-X performed to expectations with overclocking, stock and reference settings.
Some may consider the Radeon HD 6850 to be an end of life video card, considering it was launched almost a year ago. What they fail to realize is that the Radeon 6850 happens to be one of the most popular video cards for mainstream gamers based on price point and performance.
Pros: Higher core & memory clock than reference values, Vapor-X Technology, Dirt 3 Video game Coupon, HDMI Port/Included 1.8m HDMI cable, 2x MiniDisplayPort & MiniDisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter, Low heat output, Quiet cooling fan, Increase in video transcoding performance using AMD APP Technology
Excerpt: Today we are going to be taking a look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card. This is the factory overclocked version of the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 video card. This particular card does not contain Sapphire’s Vapor X cooler and is based on the reference PCB that is familiar to the 6800 series of AMD’s Radeon HD cards.
Excerpt: It's well worth knowing, though that AMD has officially rebranded its HD 5700 Juniper based graphics cards to Radeon HD 6700 series. It appears that these rebrands are only for OEMs while retail/e-tail is still listing the HD 5700 series cards. The Radeon HD 6750 and the Radeon HD 6770 have the same specs as the HD 5750 and 5770 cards with added support for HDMI 1.4a.
Excerpt: We've already seen HIS bring us the HD 6870 Turbo which was quite fast, so it comes as no surprise that Sapphire has come out with a TOXIC version of the HD 6850. Considering AMD left it up to the AIB to handle the HD 6850, it really doesn't come as a surprise since they've probably been working on the model for a while.
Conclusion: After putting the retail HD 6850 through our gruesome tests and showing the performance of the retail card, we feel that the HD 6850 still offers a good choice for mainstream users. While the card may not always come out on top, compared to the GTX 460 1GB, it is nonetheless able to offer competitive performance and good power consumption.
Excerpt: The HD 6000 series is a big deal. It's not just because it's a new generation of cards, but it's also the end of an era. The HD 6000 series ultimately marks the end of the ATI name; instead we'll be using the AMD name hereon. We get the feeling that AMD are off to a bit of a shakey start when it comes to this series, as the naming has caused some confusion out the gate.
Conclusion: Our tests show that the card offers about 80% of the performance of the HD5870, yet it costs a little more than half of what the HD5870 is asking, making it one of the best cards for those who are budget conscious. For anyone who plays game at resolution lower than 1920, the HD6850 is no doubt going to be one heck of a card, and its pricing of $179 is hard to beat.
Pros: Runs very cool, Good mix of ports: HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort, DVIs, 1GB of GDDR5 memory, Good performance for DirectX 11 games with eyecandies enabled, Single 6 pin connector, Low power consumption and heat output, Good price to performance ratio, Good overclocker, Small size, which should fit in most systems
Cons: Price, Only comes with 2 year warranty, Does not support 6 monitors due to lack of second DisplayPort, Requires registration for the special bundles