ASUS Radeon EAH6850 DirectCU
When AMD launched the 5000 series graphics cards about a year ago, they were first to market with DX11 products. And while DX11 still hasn’t quite hit the mainstream yet in terms of widespread popularity, the 5000 cards themselves proved to be a hit, offering excellent gaming performance, running rather cool and quiet for the most part (at least, the non-reference models), and perhaps most importantly, bringing good value and price to the market.
Nvidia lagged behind with their Fermi product lineup, though the GTX 460 has really made a positive impression and picked up some of that slack. But AMD is ahead of the curve in their product development, having had a jump start with their initial release last year. And this brings us to the 6000 series graphics cards, the new generation from AMD.
There are some considerable differences with this new generation of cards: gone is the ATI namesake, as it’s now exclusively AMD. Long live ATI! And the naming moniker of these new 6870 and 6850 cards are rather odd since they’re not really successors to the former flagship cards. In fact, these new cards are more mainstream or "low end" gaming cards in the new lineup. This means that while there may be some initial confusion, the performance prospects are tantalizing. It remains to be seen if AMD can pull more winners out of the hat.
We’ve seen quite a few graphics cards from ASUS and we’ve come to expect big things from from them, and their new EAH6850 DirectCU is no different. This card has a non-reference heatsink and touts some excellent overclocking headroom with voltage tweaking capabilities. The overclocking is so good, in fact, we actually topped out both Smart Doctor and Afterburner without any signs of stress from the card.
You know we love this type of fun, so let’s take a close look at the ASUS Radeon EAH6850 DirectCU 1GB.
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