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Roundup: Four Radeon HD 6850 1 GB Cards Compared

Roundup: Four Radeon HD 6850 1 GB Cards Compared
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Improvements to performance, acoustics, and bundles can add big value once a reference graphics card is modified by third-party vendors. We compare four modified Radeon HD 6850 1 GB boards to find out which company's additions best suit your gaming needs.

Some say green is the new red, and no place is that more true than in the rebranding of ATI to AMD. And yet, marketing similarities between AMD and Nvidia don’t end in color, as the newer, more efficient Radeon HD 6850 offers performance and a price nearly identical to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 1 GB. If you want to know more about the card itself, check out our launch review of the Radeon HD 6870 and 6850.

AMD’s slightly better power consumption figures mean that buyers of the new green team can go green for the same green, while saving a little green over the life of the card (Ed.: Xzibit approves, dawg).

If you believe this makes the Radeon HD 6850 a perfect mid-priced performance part, you're in good company, as the number of folks willing to spend ~$200 is much greater than the market for flagship $500 boards.

If you're ready to buy, there are plenty of options available. Some vendors even offer multiple models. Choosing a card certainly doesn’t have to be difficult. We simply asked every major manufacturer to send its best, and those who didn’t have anything to offer beyond AMD's reference design chose not to participate. That left us with four souped-up models for your consideration.

Radeon HD 6850 1 GB Comparison Specifications
 Asus EAH6850
DC/2DIS/1GD5
MSI R6850
PM2D1GD5
PowerColor AX6850
1GBD5-PPDHG
Sapphire Toxic 6850
100315TXSR
GPU Clock790 MHz775 MHz820 MHz820 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-4000GDDR5-4000GDDR5-4400GDDR5-4400
DVITwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIFull-SizeFull-SizeFull-SizeFull-Size
DisplayPortFull-SizeFull-SizeFull-SizeDual Mini
VGABy Adapter (x1)By Adapter (x1)By Adapter (x1)By Adapter (x1)
Output
Adapters
DVI to VGADVI to VGADVI to VGADVI to VGA
Mini to Full DP
Length9.7"9.0"8.9"9.6"
Height4.8"4.4"4.4"4.4"
Total
Thickness
1.6"1.5"1.6"1.6"
Cooler
Thickness
1.4"1.4"1.4"1.4"
Weight18 Ounces16 Ounces19 Ounces27 Ounces
PCB VersionC223 Rev. 1.00V224 V1.0LF R97FF V1.0109-C22237-00
VRMThree PhasesThree PhasesFour PhasesFour Phases
WarrantyThree YearsThree YearsTwo YearsTwo Years
Added ValuePCIe Power Adapter
CrossFire Bridge
CD Wallet
PCIe Power Adapter
CrossFire Bridge
CrossFire Bridge
Free "Call of Duty:
Modern Warfare 2"
6' HDMI Cable
2 x PCIe Power Adapter
CrossFire Bridge
Price$200 $205 $210 $210
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    mi1ez , 29 November 2010 15:29
    No overclocking results?
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    Anonymous , 2 December 2010 17:32
    Being picky lol, but you forgot the "w" on "where" in the last sentence =)
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