The Sapphire Radeon Toxic Edition HD 6850 is surprisingly a card that is simply a steal to PC and hardcore gaming enthusiasts worldwide. While the HD 6870 may have more stream processors and 900~913/1050 MHz ratio of core:memory speed the Sapphire Radeon Toxic Edition HD 6850 performs at equal level (+/- 2 fps) in every test performed for the price point difference at 1GB memory. The custom PCB along with the 1.7 billion transistor core reveals a true overclocking power that does not limit the life of the product, but ensures a lengthy return for something that can be underestimated because of the digits after the HD. With more performance per dollar and quality per performance value, the Sapphire Radeon HD Toxic 6850 is a must-buy for anyone looking to upgrade to the next solution of CrossFireX domination and pure statistic performance per watt.
The external packaging reveals the fate of a card that has supernatural powers, as a blue-cloaked male figure reveals an inner secret to the core. The technologies this card utilizes include DirectX 11, CrossFireX Technology, HDMI 1.4a, Display Port 1.2 and AMD Eyefinity technology. The contents of the package itself come with the card, revealing a powerful weight similar to 6870 reference cards and differ from the normal 6850 contents by offering a changed chassis model along with a cool steel blue appearance with polished gun-metal black. The Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 6850 reveals a truly contagious appeal that fans of Sapphire Technologies love.
Overclocking can sometimes be seen as a bad thing among technical-enthusiasts, especially those that cannot sadly afford to keep changing out their parts every 6 months. Luckily for hardcore PC enthusiasts, Sapphire alleviates the concerns and reveals that overclocking does not come at a price, but moreover comes with a satisfaction that is venerable. The Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 6850 performed exquisitely well throughout the tests we put it through from titles such as Mass Effect 2, Grand Theft Auto IV EFLC + Original (latest patches), Dead Space 2 Early PC Build. With every test we performed within the 68xx series, the 6850 followed within 2 fps below the 6870. While 2 fps may seem significant, the overclocking is where the card shines, pushing to a 1000MHz core clock and a 1200 MHz memory speed for fps that beats the 6870 reference speeds across XFX, Diamond, and MSI. Temperature wise, the card idles at a decent 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 6850 is the perfect card for gamers looking to get a great gift under their tree this holiday season. Without too much of a hole in the wallet, consumers can seek the Toxic HD 6850 as the perfect DirectX 11 card that will save money and deliver more power than the leading competitor in the same series in CrossFire and out. The Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 6850 will be sure to deliver exactly the gaming needs for every frame output.