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Modest mainstream DX11 graphics performance.
Barts GPU Introduces stereoscopic 3D functionality.
Reduced heat output enables very quiet cooling fan.
UVD3 Adds multiview CODEC for 3D Bluray playback.
Improves DisplayPort to 1.2 with display chaining.
Lots of connectors.
Very quiet fan and good cooling.
Nice list of feature upgrades from the 5850.
Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case.
Limited initial AMD HD3D product support.
Fails to fix anisotropic texture filtering.
Barts GPU yields minimal overclock.
By TechRadar on June 08, 2011
Thanks to the shift in pricing that followed the the AMD HD 68xx series, the HD 6850 has come into its own more in the intervening months. Now available for as little as £132, it's about the same price as the GTX 460, and just about had it...
By BeHardware on April 13, 2011
Sapphire has produced a card with the sole problem being noisier in load than the best models. It is however on sale at a very low price which will certainly make plenty of users ready to ignore this small fault, especially as the GPU temperature...
By Fudzilla on March 01, 2011
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 hit the market back in October last year and it was one of the first cards from the new AMD`s HD 6000 series. While it sports reference clocks, Sapphire has made a few changes to their design that separates this card...
By Atomic MPC on January 18, 2011
A nice choice for the price-conscious occasional...
By XSReviews on December 22, 2010
So what do we have here? A pretty typical "tock" in the GPU release cycle. The performance is as expected, with mostly architecture and cooling tweaks, and while it can overclock quite nicely the price will probably come down quite soon due to the...
By PC Advisor on December 17, 2010
This is an outstanding card for the money. At worst, it'll cost slightly less than the GTX 460, despite being marginally faster. Should the actual price turn out to be £10-£15 cheaper again, that makes this incredible value. Performance is...
By Benchmark Reviews on October 25, 2010
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to...
By Pro-Clockers on October 22, 2010
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...
By Pureoverclock on October 22, 2010
The major point to glean here is that the 6850 technically isn't a successor to the 5850; we saw the performance is almost identical. The rationale should become more apparent as AMD releases more models, but the 5850 was more of a premium gaming...
By Kitguru.net on October 22, 2010
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...
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