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What's the difference between these 2 HD 6850's ?

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http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...pid=497&lid=1#

and

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...=&lid=1&leg=0#

Whats the difference between these 2 and which one should i go with ?
post #2 of 9
The Vapor-X has a different cooler, more inputs and a higher clocked core.


Edit: A quick look at some reviews, I find this.


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The Sapphire HD Radeon 6850 Vapor-X Edition video card is an upgrade from a stock cooled Sapphire Radeon HD 6850. The Sapphire 6850 Vapor-X is overclocked to 800MHz core and 1100MHz memory, compared to the 775MHz core and 1000MHz memory on the reference 6850 video card. In addition, this HD 6850 includes Sapphires patented Vapor-X cooling technology. Onboard is 1GB of GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit interface. The 6850 supports DX 11, AMD Accelerated parallel Processing, AMD Eyefinity, AMD Crossfire, and AMD HD3D. Inputs include a DVI-I, DVI-DL, HDMI 1 .4a, and mini Display Ports.





Source: http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/...eo-card-review
Edited by Tsugua - 10/15/11 at 6:04am
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Does those little more clocks are noticeable in gaming and is it worth it giving more money for the Vapor-X one ?
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I have no idea regarding overclocking 6850s, but if you could venture into overclocking yourself you'd probably hit the "overclocked" clocks of the Vapor-X that comes standard. If you don't however, take a look at the picture I posted in my edit. It also should by theory cool much better. I'll see if I can get a hold of some information regarding the cooling area.


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I seriously recommend you take a look of the source link I edited in my first post. They have benchmarks of popular games like Shogun 2, Dirt 3, Batman: AA and CoD: BO. A quick google search gave me all this information, so if you need to find more I'd suggest googling something along the lines of "6850 Vapor-X benchmarks", etc.
Edited by Tsugua - 10/15/11 at 6:13am
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You could do the overclock yourself in 10 seconds, and its a small enough overclock any 6850 would do it. Not worth it, unless they are the same price or only like $5 different, go with the regular card.

What the previous poster said is not true, both cards have the same cooler. The 6850 never really had a stock cooler so all the brands pretty much use their own cooling. The sapphire cards have some of the better cooling.
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You could do the overclock yourself in 10 seconds, and its a small enough overclock any 6850 would do it. Not worth it, unless they are the same price or only like $5 different, go with the regular card.

What the previous poster said is not true, both cards have the same cooler. The 6850 never really had a stock cooler so all the brands pretty much use their own cooling. The sapphire cards have some of the better cooling.
As I previously stated, I have no experience with overclocking the 6850, and I only drew the conclusion it had a different cooler because of the review I found
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The vapor-x cooler can look similar as standard but it's not the same. The fan and heatsink part maybe similar but it has a vapor-x chamber. It helps the "load" temps. Idle temps are similar.

If you don't care about overclocking, get the standard version. The stock cooler can handle the 850mhz core clock (which is the max limit in Control Center Overdrive).
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The coolers don't look drastically different, and as for the factory overclock; it's basically irrelevant. 6850s typically OC to 900-940mhz core. Unless you want to pay more for a supposedly better shroud that looks almost identical to the cheaper one?
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