Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

3D Mark Vantage and Unigine

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

3D Mark Vantage

For testing we're going up against the HIS Digital HD6850 we reviewed at the launch of the HD68 series from AMD. At stock the TOXIC is about the same as the reference HD6850, but its ability to benefit from an overclock is someting else entirely.

At most the reference card gained 90 points for a healthy overclock, but the Sapphire TOXIC is almost a different card giving massive gains across the board. Nearly 17000 P-Score for a sub £200 card is magnificent. Hopefully it will keep this up through the rest of the tests.

Unigine Heaven

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The Unigine benchmark is notoriously hefty and it takes a huge increase in performance to get any benefits at all in the results. Although you could be forgiven for sneering at a mere 1.5FPS increase with the overclock compared to the stock card, for the Heaven benchmark that's a significant increase. The maximum frame-rate hints at how much extra power is available to us.

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With the image quality increased to biblical levels the Sapphire card really comes into its own. At stock it pulls an extra couple of frames over the reference designed card, and when overclocked it ekes another couple of frames again. The difference between 25 and 30 frames per second is the difference between unplayable and bearable. This is one of those times when the results might not contain big numbers, but what they represent is huge.

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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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