Roundup: Four Radeon HD 6850 1 GB Cards Compared

Benchmark Results: Alien Vs. Predator

The AvP benchmark doesn’t show minimum FPS, but we didn’t see any frozen frames at 1680x1050 on any card. Sapphire edges out the same-clock PowerColor, but that’s likely due to slight variations within the benchmark itself.

Some users will need to disable anti-aliasing to play AvP at 1920x1080, our target resolution for cards that cost around $200.

2560x1600 tortures all three cards. The results likely rule out playing in Eyefinity mode across three 1280x1024 displays as well, since the pixel count is nearly matched.

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  • Anonymous
    It would be nice to see overclocking results. I know the whole "results will vary" malarkey but still, it would be interesting to see things like the benefit (if any) to having two pci-e power connectors on the Sapphire card or how high you could take the ASUS card using the software that came with it. Oh, and also, can you use Afterburner with the Powercolor and Sapphire cards?
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  • Anonymous
    It would be nice to see overclocking results. I know the whole "results will vary" malarkey but still, it would be interesting to see things like the benefit (if any) to having two pci-e power connectors on the Sapphire card or how high you could take the ASUS card using the software that came with it. Oh, and also, can you use Afterburner with the Powercolor and Sapphire cards?
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  • Scanlia
    Oh, and also, can you use Afterburner with the Powercolor and Sapphire cards?


    I use afterburner with a Gigabyte Card, (Flashed to ASUS). Works fine.
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  • Crashman
    BillehBawbOh, and also, can you use Afterburner with the Powercolor and Sapphire cards?
    Yes
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  • tomskent
    last line of the article...
    "Now, here did I put that Christmas list?"
    here = where
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  • scrumworks
    Why are you using catalyst 10.6 (drivers from june) instead of latest, quite long already available 10.11 or 10.10-beta with HD6800 support?
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  • sudeshc
    love this card looking to buy it for my new build and would go for ASUS as i already own the game.
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  • karma831
    No OCing?
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  • iam2thecrowe
    so, wheres the comparison between these cards and rival cards from nvidia??? using recent drivers?? and OC???!this doesnt really tell us anything except the performance is so close you may as well get the cheapest of the lot.
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  • Anonymous
    ATI driver support is a complete debacle. That's why this article uses stone age drivers (10.6)
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  • Crashman
    karma831No OCing?
    iam2thecroweso, wheres the comparison between these cards and rival cards from nvidia??? using recent drivers?? and OC???!this doesnt really tell us anything except the performance is so close you may as well get the cheapest of the lot.
    Er dude...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850-barts,2776.html
    The previous article, which answered all your questions a month ago, was linked numerous times in this article.
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  • painis
    So, it seems it can run Crysis!
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  • compton
    I always appreciate more information, but shouldn't an exploration of the top options in the $200 range be more appropriate given it's the Christmas hardware giving season? The 6850 is a great card, but a more focused value study across many makes and models might be more useful. All the same, I'll take what I can get. I'd just like to point out that the new Radeons are getting more expensive while nVidia's 460s are getting much cheaper.

    Just my two cents, but that would seem like a much more interesting article. We already know the 6850 is mostly quiet and pretty efficient, but GTX470s are going for only a few dollars more in some cases. Bring the throwdown.
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  • K2N hater
    Excellent conclusion, Thomas. Explores different uses.
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  • fubitz
    You can use Sapphire Trixx to overclock and unlock the voltage for the new Radeon 6800 series cards if Afterburner doesn't work.
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  • Yuka
    I would have loved to see the Sapphires being OC'd and then XFire'd. Will there be any love for that? 8)

    Great article also, thanks Mr. Thomas!

    Cheers!
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  • bildo123
    tomskentlast line of the article..."Now, here did I put that Christmas list?"here = where


    Thanks, I don't think I could have ever figured that one out...
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  • tom thumb
    Those dirt2 benches kinda make me regret getting the 6870. Oh well...

    What I like about the 6800s is that AA does not detract that much from framerate.
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  • thechief73
    A nice review and round-up of the 6850, Thanks Tom. I have to say I was am still am very interested in the 6850-70 model GPU's and I am glad to see some comparisons of the 6850's. Although right now these cards exceed my spending limit, I am glad to say I picked up a 5830 for $130 after MIR(pricing mistake?), I think thats a good trade off of price/performance for now. :)
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  • luke904
    this article was pointless

    overclocked cards perform better and use more power.. we all know this
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  • iam2thecrowe
    CrashmanEr dude...http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] ,2776.htmlThe previous article, which answered all your questions a month ago, was linked numerous times in this article.

    dooode....that is not OC of the new cards with new coolers. Also performance may be different with new drivers. Dont link me to old articles that I have read and have little to do with what i am asking!
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