We will be taking a look at one of the newest graphic cards from AMD and Sapphire, the HD 6850. This card has the second generation of GPU in it, code name Bart, which will be driving the next series of video games to the limit. With a lower price than the current 5850 cards will this card be worth the upgrade? Read farther as we drag the Sapphire HD 6850 through the benchmarking trenches.
First Look and Information
The SAPPHIRE HD 6800 series of video cards feature the second generation of graphics technology from AMD which is designed to support all the features of Microsoft DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11. The new GPU’s are built in AMD’s 40nm process to deliver high performance with a low power consumption. Advanced hardware features include a enhanced Tessellation unit, dedicated HDR Texture compression, multi-threaded communication with system CPU cores, embedded support for many of the DirectCompute 11 instructions, 3D stereoscopic support and HDMI 1.4a. This new GPU pretty much has everything you could ask for.
The media sample that we were given has a slightly different box from a second sample we received, which is probably a retail box. Our box came with a sticker that displayed that the new overclocking tool is available, but our second box did not display that. I do believe that it will be available for the retail version but the version we got was a beta tool. The new box is a nice color change from the last few that we reviewed and like always Sapphire has ALL the information you need to learn about this new card.
Did I see something on the box? Well this is a first for me! I have not seen on previous boxes anything about 3D and the 6850 proudly displays it.
Included in the box is the Driver CD, CrossFire Bridge, VGA-DVI adapter, a molex to six pin power adapter, and a 1.4 HDMI cable. Like always Sapphire makes sure you get everything you need and more to connect your card to your display.