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: Sapphire retains the same outputs as the standard 6850 but enhance the performance past the existing model thanks to a factory overclock to 820/1100MHz. This overclock ensures that the card competes well with its direct competition, overclocked GTX 460 models.) Sapphire customers can download the TriXX utility, to reach some phenomenal overclocks, enter competitions and get access to free games or applications.
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.
Summary: The new Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 is a 'must have' for anyone that is building a new system. If you currently have anything at or below the HD 5830 then this HD 6850 will also make for a great upgrade! One would think that this new card with it's "6850" model number designation would be taking over the performance segment that the Radeon HD 5830 and HD 5850 currently occupy, but that is not the case here due to the new numbering system we mentioned at the beginning.