Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

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Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

Sapphire TOXIC Up Close

The HD6850 TOXIC is a very standard looking card. Nothing particularly impressive stands out about it from a cooling point of view. Indeed you'd be forgiven for wondering if it was a special edition at all. Our test sample is a pre-retail one but we're assured that it's identical in every way to the ones you'll buy on the shelf with the only difference being that ours came in a plain brown box rather than the full packaging you'd expect.

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The input end of the card is where the first real changes are to be found. We have a Dual-Link DVI-D, a Single-Link DVI-D, a HDMI 1.4a port and two mini DisplayPorts. The Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC is certainly awash with connectivity options.

Speaking of which Sapphire haven't been stingy with the accessories either. Besides the standard power cables and adaptors, we have a HDMI 1.4 cable supplied too, which is a nice touch.

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The rear of the card hints that something special is going on, with plenty of solder covering seemingly every available gap. A close-up of the area surrounding the GPU itself shows the quality that's typical of the high-end Sapphire cards.

In fact we'd go so far as to say this is a 6870 PCB with the relative power phases, just using a 6850 GPU.

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Most Recent Comments

01-12-2010, 06:38:14

tinytomlogan
The last TOXIC card we saw was the high-end HD5970 TOXIC. Does the Sapphire magic work just as well on the medium-range HD6850?

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01-12-2010, 09:17:46

F-alienware
Good stuff Looks like a 470

Wonderful read as ever, cheers lads

01-12-2010, 16:20:53

THD
Nice read as always and thanks for the great review.

Dont think I would give it gold though as the 460gtx Hawk will deliver slightly more (then oc toxic) and with room to oc for even more. All that for around the same price (in holland).

Please correct me if I'm wrong as all I can do is compare numbers on the net

01-12-2010, 20:41:56

tinytomlogan
I think bryan gave it gold as in comparison to the stock 6850 which got silver we couldnt find anything wrong with it, it goes like a steam train and overclocks like a manman. if it was all about the numbers only the best card at that current time would get gold, but its about many other factors.
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