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SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 Benchmark by Raven.7/RavenSEAL for Overclock.net Forums.


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***Please be aware that the following review presents figures of an HD 6850 OVERCLOCKED TO 920/1130***
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System Specs and Basic Info:


Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H
Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.6Ghz
4GB DDR2 800MHZ
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD6850 1GB 256-Bit


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MSi Kombustor(Stress+Temp Testing)- The HD 6850 reached 920/1130 with zero issues, ran Kumbostor for about 1 hour @ 1080p 4aa stable
As you can see, that is stock voltage, so this card has serious potential for more shall we say..."enthusiastic" overclockers.
Temperatures during stress testing kick into the low 70s, but during gameplay, it does not surpass 65C*.

*ambient temp of 72C
Benchmarks Results:

Unigine 'Heaven' DX11 Benchmark 2.1-



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3D Mark Vantage Graphic's Score-

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MSI Kumbustor(Furmark) Bench-


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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat(Ultra- DX11)-

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Crysis Benchmark-

The game plays at around 30-50 FPS. At 1600x900, the game does lock up @ 60.1 FPS, some of the time.

Settings-

1920*1080
ALL OPTIONS SET TO HIGH( MAX BEING ULTRA HIGH)
No AA.


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Code:
12/31/2010 12:47:08 AM - Vista 64[COLOR=black]
Beginning Run #1 on Map-island, Demo-benchmark_gpu
DX10 1920x1080, AA=No AA, Vsync=Disabled, 64 bit test, FullScreen
Demo Loops=3, Time Of Day= 9
Global Game Quality: High
 ==============================================================
TimeDemo Play Started , (Total Frames: 2000, Recorded Time: 111.86s)
!TimeDemo Run 0 Finished.
    Play Time: 54.39s, Average FPS: 36.77
    Min FPS: 22.34 at frame 1948, Max FPS: 49.81 at frame 1607
    Average Tri/Sec: -31973620, Tri/Frame: -869494
    Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.05
!TimeDemo Run 1 Finished.
    Play Time: 52.20s, Average FPS: 38.31
    Min FPS: 22.34 at frame 1948, Max FPS: 54.37 at frame 67
    Average Tri/Sec: -32847690, Tri/Frame: -857403
    Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.07
!TimeDemo Run 2 Finished.
    Play Time: 52.65s, Average FPS: 37.98
    Min FPS: 22.34 at frame 1948, Max FPS: 54.37 at frame 67
    Average Tri/Sec: -32540046, Tri/Frame: -856667
    Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.07
TimeDemo Play Ended, (3 Runs Performed)
==============================================================

Completed All Tests

<><><><><><><><><><><><><>>--SUMMARY--<<><><><><><><><><><><><><>

12/31/2010 12:47:08 AM - Vista 64

Run #1- DX10 1920x1080 AA=[B]4x MSAA(Forced on CCC)[/B], 64 bit test, Quality: High ~~ Overall Average FPS: 38.145
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Just Cause 2- Running "Concrete Jungle", JC2's most demanding benchmark. During gameplay itself, the card handles beyond smooth.

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Battlefield Bad Company 2
-


Settings-
Ress-1920*1080p
Detail-High
Texture-High
Shadows-High
MSAA- 4x
Vsync-On
HBAO-Off

Locks into 60.1 FPS every now and then. BC2 is very CPU intensive, so those with quad core machines, expect even better performance on those rough situations. For me, the lowest in dropped( for more than 30 sec+) was 25FPS~ when playing "High Value Target", which is an intense urban mission with lots of stuff flying around and plenty of bullets.


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Mass Effect-


Settings-
Ress-1920*1080
Detail-High
Texture-High
Shadows-High
Filtering- AA
/High

60.1 FPS lock 40% of the time, dropps every now and then, fight scenes, etc. very few drops below 30 FPS.
Overall the game plays very smooth at high details, although some textures seemed to be crapped due to the the fact that the game looks like a console port, even with the settings turned loose.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition-


Hangs around 40-60 FPS the majority of the time, plays smooth, free of problems.

Settings-


1920*1080
Detail-Very High
Bloom-Yes
Dyna Shadows- Yes
Motion Blur- Yes
Distortion- Yes
Fog- Yes
SPL- Yes
Ambient Occlusion- Yes


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Devil May Cry 4(DX10)-
One word: Perfect.

Settings-

Resolution- 1920*1080
MSAA- 4x
Texture- Super High
Framerate- 60 MAX
Shadows- Super High
Quality- Super High


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Mirror's Edge- It turns out the world of Unreal Engine 3 isn't a cruel one once you kick things into high gear, framerates hang around the 40s-70s, the game looks and plays awesome.

Settings-

1920*1080p
Texture Detail-High
Quality- High
AA- 4x


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Red Faction: Guerrilla- As seen from the first time you fire up the gameplay, the game's engine is very powerful, with that comes a lot of demands. The best aspect of RFG's engine is it's destructible environment. Similar, yet not similar to BC2's engine, the modded Havok engine named "Geo Mod 2.0" takes a toll on the performance of the card in exchange for well....blowing up a lot of stuff, and it looks pretty. With the settings listed below, the game hangs around 25-40 FPS.

Settings-

1920*1080
AA- 2x
Shadow Detail- High
Depth oF- high
Motion Blur- True
Particle Detail- True
Ambient Occlusion- True
Sun Shafts- True

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Borderlands- Through the first few hours of the game the card has blown out my expectation, it maintains solid frame rates between 40-60 . With the settings turned up, including every single effect at 1920*1080p, the card certainly shows it's power.

Settings-

1920*1080p
ALL SETTINGS SET TO MAXIMUM POSSIBLE
AA-8x

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Final Verdict- I was finally able to kick things into high gear with some AA @ 1080p. The 256-Bit helps that 1GB of memory flow smoothly, and with a decent overclock, the card comes to the level of a HD5850 and very closely to the HD6870. While I wasn't able to display the overclocking differentials, the FPS gains are worth the very little heat and power that comes with them. In games such as Just Cause 2, the game gained about 5 FPS @ 900/1100 when compared to the stock clock of 775/1000. Games such as crysis and mirror's edge, which can be heavily demanding, show why they are held in such high regard, hammering pretty much any GPU at such high settings. If you plan to overclock the card, you can be safe(if you have the necessary PSU) that 900/1100 is pretty much a lock, i was able to push it up to 930/1120 stable and holding to 70C temperatures(That might be wholenother story once the summer kicks in though).

If you're looking to upgrade cards such as the HD4830, HD4870, 8800GT, 9800GT or even GTS250/GTX260, you'll see increases in frame rates from 50% to 20% accordingly. The HD6850 features DX11, which gives not only a whole new perspective to games, but a small added performance boost to more recent games. Eyefinity is a very nice feature for those that manage several monitors, although, don't expect a single HD 6850 to give you impressive performance that goes beyond medium settings @ 1080p. ATi finally brought in their own 3D system, so those with a 3D TV/Monitor, might finally get a peak @ 3D gaming if you haven't done so yet with a console.

If you are gaming under 1080p, the HD6850 is an excellent choice, as shown in the benchmarks, several games rough up near 60FPS at high settings. So those with monitors that use resolutions in the 900, 1024, 1050 range, this card will truly deliver great performance on demanding games.

Expect the card to compete with the GTX460, if not pass it on several benchmarks. The GTX460s out in the market now are beyond nVidia's 675MHz memory clock in their reference design, going as high as 850MHz. What many people don't see to pay attention to is the HD6850's overclocking capabilities, only with a small voltage boost, the card is capable of a stable 1000/1200 clocks, matching a stock 6870 hand by hand and still maintaining temperatures close to 75C.

Overall, coming from a GTS450/HD4870, the HD6850 was a quite the upgrade I would recommend to anyone that is looking to upgrade or build a computer that'll do a decent job of gaming for the next 2 years. The prices are still decently high, and with the GTX560 having a release point price of $240-260 USD, the HD6850 is going to be on a class of its own when comparing performance/price ratio. AMD is looking to bring performance increases through drivers, and while they aren't exactly the best software programmers, the hardware's capabilities of their products are not only powerful but have a lot of unused potential.




Happy New Year to everyone!

Edited by Raven.7 - 12/31/10 at 10:41am
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nice review smile.gif
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pretty mild oc, how about bumping that voltage and adding in 1000/1200 for us?
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Originally Posted by bigx5murf;11839448 
pretty mild oc, how about bumping that voltage and adding in 1000/1200 for us?

Gotta last for at least 2 years, not trying to blow it up yet smile.gif
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just went back to my 6850 cards.
watercooling made a difference.
happy new year.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by flopper;11846635 
just went back to my 6850 cards.
watercooling made a difference.
happy new year.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by flopper;11846635 
just went back to my 6850 cards.
watercooling made a difference.
happy new year.

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How did you get your card that high? I have mine on water and seem to be maxing at about 980/1125. Notice you gave it more V too. Did you have to enable that option?

nice review!!
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How did you get your card that high? I have mine on water and seem to be maxing at about 980/1125. Notice you gave it more V too. Did you have to enable that option?

nice review!!

Thank you! biggrin.gif
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Thank you! biggrin.gif

I'd also like to know how you enabled voltage control on msi afterburner, I can only get voltage control w/ sapphire trixxx
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigx5murf;11870519 
I'd also like to know how you enabled voltage control on msi afterburner, I can only get voltage control w/ sapphire trixxx

Afterburner has a beta that supports voltage control.
Ill find a link.

http://downloads.guru3d.com/Afterburner-2.1.0-Beta-5-download-2604.html
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