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So I think I have decided on the 6850, got some questions

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February 24, 2012 7:56:08 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With this card going on sale for $135 and $120 after rebate, I think I have decided on getting it.
I was going to go for a 6870, but there were just too many issues that kept arising.
A 6870 was expensive, required 2 PCIE plugs, and was big compared to the space available in my NZXT Gamma case.

I intend to overclock the the 6850, but I had a concern about power conditions.
A 6850 only has one PCI plug, but overclocking it usually causes a larger power draw, does that
mean a single plug won't be enough to power it overclocked?

This will also be my first time overclocking.

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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 8:27:09 PM

The power connections will offer plenty of power even.with an.overclock with that card. Msi afterburner is a.great overclocking.tool and.free id highly recommend downloading it as i.use it myself for.overclocking and fan profiles.
The 6850 uses roughly 125w at full load so you will be able to support an overclock with the pcie supplying 75w and the 6 pin supplying another 75w. = 150.
For overclocking i recommend checking out a tutorial to help explain the pros and.risks involved.as.well as in depth instructions to help you get the most out of your card
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February 24, 2012 8:35:57 PM

FlintIronStagg said:
The power connections will offer plenty of power even.with an.overclock with that card. Msi afterburner is a.great overclocking.tool and.free id highly recommend downloading it as i.use it myself for.overclocking and fan profiles.
The 6850 uses roughly 125w at full load so you will be able to support an overclock with the pcie supplying 75w and the 6 pin supplying another 75w. = 150.
For overclocking i recommend checking out a tutorial to help explain the pros and.risks involved.as.well as in depth instructions to help you get the most out of your card


Read plenty of guides, but nothing was mentioned on if the power draw warrants another cable/ connection.

Thanks for the advice
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 8:38:45 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Read plenty of guides, but nothing was mentioned on if the power draw warrants another cable/ connection.

Thanks for the advice

It does not; buy with a clear conscience and game it up!
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 8:46:39 PM

Make sure your using a quality PSU, especially if your going to OC any part. What PSU are you currently using with your system, or what one your going to use?
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February 24, 2012 8:55:17 PM

lunyone said:
Make sure your using a quality PSU, especially if your going to OC any part. What PSU are you currently using with your system, or what one your going to use?


A CX430 V2, so I should be covered there.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 9:01:13 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
A CX430 V2, so I should be covered there.

great brand, and plenty of reliable power for your new card.
congrats on the upgrade!
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 9:22:53 PM

Those connectors are rated lower than what they can actually handle, you will be fine as long as the PSU can supply the power.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 9:39:45 PM

fb39ca4 said:
Those connectors are rated lower than what they can actually handle, you will be fine as long as the PSU can supply the power.

Op will be fine thats a quality psu and the 6850 has a low power draw
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February 24, 2012 10:09:34 PM

Just ordered the 6850 as well as an AC'97 cable extension, can't wait to get it! :D 
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 10:23:35 PM

grats on the upgrade!
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February 25, 2012 2:08:25 PM

Since I intend to overclock the GPU, I wanted to know what was a good stress test besides actually playing games?

I hear Furmark causes Temps to rise to unrealistic levels, so I wondered if Uniengine Heave 2.5
will work as a good stress test. I ran the benchmark on my integrated i3 HD 2000 graphics to see how it fared.
About an average of 3 FPS at 1080P and no AA
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a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2012 4:29:23 PM

Unigine heaven is great because it will utilize 100% of your gpu the entire time but kombustor is the actual stress test for amd gpus
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