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Sapphire Radeon 6850 1GB

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Posted October 22, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

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 today’s launch of the 6000 series graphics cards, the new generation from AMD.

There are some considerable differences with this launch: gone is the ATI namesake, as it’s now exclusively AMD. Long live ATI! And the naming moniker of these new 6870 and 6850 is 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.

Sapphire is AMD’s biggest board partner, and we’ve come to expect big things from Sapphire. And today’s 6850 is no different; it sports a non-reference heatsink and boasts some strong gaming horsepower in what is a rather diminutive card compared to some of the behemoths we’ve seen in the past. Sounds tempting. Let’s take a close look at the Sapphire Radeon 6850 1GB.

Sapphire

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.

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