Sapphire 6850 Vapor-X
Direct X 11 has been around for some time now since the launch of AMD’s 5000 series cards and a little later NVIDIA’s 400 series, and while the competition between the two camps hasn’t seemed to die down over the last year, we see the Red and Green teams trying to fill the product lineup for the 6000 / 500 DX11 series of graphics cards.
The battle between Green and Red will more than likely never end, which can only be good for the end consumer. However, the same battle rages between the different manufacturers chomping at the bit for our hard earned money. From a consumers point of view, it’s often about the best bang for our buck, and that’s where we see the leaders separate themselves from the pack.
Today we are looking at the replacement for the original HD 5770: the Sapphire Radeon HD6850 Vapor-X. This card sports Sapphire’s non-reference heatsink, black diamond chokes and 10-Phase power design, and looks to bring some robust gaming horsepower at lower temperatures with the popular Vapor-X cooler design. The HD 6850 graphics card was made for the mainstream population, with an MSRP of less than $170 and an added bonus of DiRT 3 thrown in to the mix, this looks like a very promising package for the average user.
Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.