Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

Sapphire Trixx

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

Sapphire TriXX

One of the new additions with a Sapphire card is their own overclocking software, TriXX. It does everything you could hope for it to do, in a very painless manner.

The first page shows the information about the card itself in a similar manner to GPUz and other monitoring programs.

The second "overclocking" tab is where the real heart of the program lies. Not only has it got the GPU Core and Memory clocking aspect that is common to so many applications, but also gives a live temperature reading and allows voltage control. These are features we've seen before with an MSI utility but where the Sapphire TriXX really stands out is that it will adjust all these aspects, even voltage, regardless of the manufacturer of your card and without needing to use any specific drivers or adjust any ini files. Exceptional.

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The third page is where you can control the fan speed. The fixed option does what you'd expect but any changes are made "live" so you can easily reach a balance between fan volume and cooling ability, without endlessly applying your settings. Speaking of volume, because it's a reference card anything above about 52% fans becomes audible, although 40 is about the perfect balance of cooling and volume.

Finally we have the settings page. This allows for simple control over the software including whether you'd like it to load and apply at startup, control all of your cards at once should you have Crossfire'd cards, includes a gadget that is a sidebar version of the information on the first page, and even the ability to have live clock changes as you adjust the slider. Of course the "set clock on change" option needs to be treated with caution. You don't want to have a knock on your arm and suddenly pump 2 volts through your core.

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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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