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XFX HD 6850 Black Edition Review

ccokeman    -   November 11, 2010
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Specifications:

Card
XFX HD 6850 Black Edition
Core Clock Speed
850MHz
Stream Processors
960
ROP Units
32
Texture Units
48
Transistors
1.7 Billion
Process
40nm
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Size
1GB
Memory Clock
1100MHz (4.4 GHz)
Outputs
DP, HDMI, Dual DVI
Cooling Type
Vapor Chamber

 

Features:

Microsoft DirectX® 11

  • AMD RadeonTM HD 6800 Series GPUs fully support Microsoft DirectX® 11, enabling the following: 
  • Tessellation allows for real-time rendering of ultra-realistic characters and an incredible level of detail with 3D images
  • HDR Texture compression delivers an intense level visual detail without increasing graphics memory footprint with efficiency and incredible image quality
  • Multi-threading support for DirectX® 11 accelerates rendering by leveraging all the CPU cores for overall faster gaming performance
  • DirectCompute improves PC performance by taking on some or all of a DirectX® 11-enabled application’s processing load, freeing up the computer’s main processor to take on additional tasks

AMD Eyefinity Technology

  • Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays

AMD Advanced Parallel Processing Technology

  • Offload data parallel compute tasks from the CPU to GPU for improved performance and video playback.

Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology

  • GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory

AMD CrossFireXTM Technology

  • Multi-GPU support offers superior performance and scalability3
  • 3rd Generation TeraScale Engine
  • Massive arrays of on-chip compute units offer the latest in graphics functionality and performance

40nm Process Technology

  •  More efficient process technology puts more transistors in less space

Microsoft Windows 7® Support

  • Comprehensive OS support including Windows XP, Windows Vista, the very latest Windows 7 functionality and Driver support

Accelerated Video Transcoding

  • Native support for common transcoding instructions in each shader for motion estimation that accelerates video encoding

Display Flexibility

  • Enjoy a full range of display options natively on the board, including dual-link DVI-I, DisplayPort and HDMI

HDMI 1.4a

  • HDMI 1.4 support with Deep Color, 7.1 HighBitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master AudioTM Support
  • Support of content protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channels of surround sound over HDMI

AMD PowerPlayTM Technology4

  • AMD PowerPlayTM capabilities vary power characteristics based on usage load

Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)

  •  Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)

     


 

All information courtesy of XFX @ http://xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/HD%206000series/6850.aspx




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  13. Testing: Futuremark 3DMark06
  14. Testing Futurmark 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion:
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