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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 14:38

Sapphire HD 6850 Toxic Edition

Written by Sanjin Rados

Preview: OC'd to 960, matches 6870 performance
Sapphire HD 6850 Toxic Edition is the first Sapphire-flavored card from the new AMD HD 6000 series. The HD 6850 Toxic Edition boasts original Sapphire cooling and the card is overclocked for extra performance. The HD 6850 Toxic's GPU runs at 820MHz whereas the GDDR5 memory comes clocked at 1100MHz (4400MHz effectively). Reference clocks, as you may remember, are 775MHz for the GPU and 1000MHz for the memory (4000MHz effectively)


With HD 6800 series, AMD introduced bang-per-buck competition to its own HD 5800 series. Sapphire’s HD 6850 Toxic Edition will of course be a bit more expensive than the reference card, but the build quality, finishing touches, silence and improved performance have always been great reasons for purchasing Toxic Edition cards. You can find this card priced at around €190 here.


Overclocking and general card management can be performed via TriXX overclocking tool, which is available to Sapphire’s Select Club (free for Sapphire enthusiasts to join online). Initial results we have suggest that cards can be overclocked to 960MHz with ease.

The I/O panel features two mini-DisplayPort 1.2 outs, one HDMI 1.4a and two DVIs.



Specially designed Toxic cooler with three heatpipes does a good cooling job and, as we’ve said before, runs quiet when fan regulation is at AUTO.


Higher overclocking will probably require manually increasing fan RPM, which will make it louder.


Initial results suggest that Sapphire’s HD 6850 Toxic Edition outruns the reference HD 6850 by about 7%, whereas overclocking boosted the advantage to 20%.


Stay tuned as we’ll have the full review soon.

Last modified on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:42
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-12 #1 Haberlandt 2010-11-17 17:54
GPU-Z shows ATI Radeon image? Wtf?
-5 #2 Wolfdale 2010-11-17 20:17
Quoting Haberlandt:
GPU-Z shows ATI Radeon image? Wtf?

well if thats the only issue with this card, i guess i could live with it 8)

or perhaps they should give a 0.50$ discount because of it...

seriously man.. thats all you had to say? :-*

after seeing several benchmarks appearing on the web, im pleasantly surprised by the OC abilities of the 6850, and the toxic one definatly delivers perspective on the buyer's moneypouch as well,
if these cards can nearly match a 6870 with a slight overclock.. meh, i could be persuaded to save a few bucks and get this one instead of a 6870
+4 #3 makaveli 2010-11-18 08:37
Even a blind man can tell you that this is 6870.
(Lenght,phase position,2x 6pin,price) i think if you flash it to 6870 you can get full shader count...
+2 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-11-19 01:51
Or it could be a 6850 chip on a 6870 board, since it has two power connectors facing up which would help in OC where 6850 reference board only has one 6 pin power connector facing side. Asus Direct CU 6850 has the same setup, using the 6870 reference circuitry with the exception of not having two mini-DisplayPorts, so Toxic has an advantage here.

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