Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

Test Setup

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition
Gigabyte P55A-UD4
Intel Core i7-870
4GB Kingston HyperX RAM
Thermalright MUX-120
Cougar 1000CM 1000W PSU
Windows 7 x64

Overclocking and Temperatures

As you can see when compared to the reference design HD6850 the Sapphire TOXIC increases core speed by 45MHz and the Memory by 100MHz.

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review 

If there is one thing the Sapphire does, it's earn the TOXIC badge with aplomb. The Memory wasn't really happy going anything worth keeping above the already speedy 4400MHz, but the Core was almost indestructable.

Using the Trixx software, which we'll go over on the next page, the card hit 1056MHz before falling over. Backing off to 1026MHz ran nearly every test perfectly but eventually keeled over during Metro 2033, and so our bench runs were done using 1000MHz core.

1000MHz core ladies and gentlemen. How impressive is that?! 180MHz over the stock TOXIC, 225MHz over a stock Radeon HD6850.

After a 3D Mark Vantage Extreme run the GPU topped out at 83°C which is heading towards as comfortable as we like. But if one thing is clear it's that with serious cooling, and a willingness to push the voltage as high as you can, then it seems like the only limit to the Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC is your imagination. Or the overclocking slider.

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

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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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