Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Sapphire HD6850 TOXIC Edition Review


Specialist versions of graphics cards have been a little hit and miss over the years. Sometimes huge coolers and tiny overclocks have created over-priced cards with barely any performance improvement over their stock brethren. Others though, such as the TOXIC Editions from Sapphire that we're looking at today, have been consistently impressive.

The last couple of HD6850s that we have reviewed have been good performers in stock trim, but rather disappointing when it came to either their ability to overclock, or the benfits that are to be gained from doing so.

Rather than focus on producing a non-reference cooling solution bristling with heat-pipes and the like, Sapphire have focussed on improving an already good value product with increases to GPU Core speed and Memory.

Given how minimal the gains from overclocking a stock HD6850 are, we're very interested to see if a manufacturer overclock can lead to any worthwhile improvements or if this is a possibly an upgrade too far.

Technical Specifications

Popping over to the excellent Sapphire website we find the technical specs for the HD6850 TOXIC Edition as follows.

Output1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI 1.4a
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
1 x Single-Link DVI-D
DisplayPort 1.2
GPU820 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Chip
960 x Stream Processors
Memory1024 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
4400 MHz Effective
SoftwareDriver CD
AccessoryCrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
D-Sub Adapter
Mini-DP to DP Cable
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable

The main improvement is an upgrade of the GPU Core speed from the default of 775MHz to 820MHz. Memory also sees a significant boost from the 4000MHz of the original HD6850 to a monster 4400MHz on the TOXIC. Sapphire have also greatly increased the output options available.

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Most Recent Comments

01-12-2010, 09:17:46

Good stuff Looks like a 470

Wonderful read as ever, cheers lads Quote

01-12-2010, 16:20:53

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 Quote

01-12-2010, 20:41:56

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.Quote

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