Gigabyte HD 6850 Review

By on November 21, 2010
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Taking the HD 6850 to new overclocking extremes.

Good: Cool looking & performing heatsink, Great overclocking & CrossFire performance
Bad: Stickers on the heatsink cover
Price: AED 800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Now that ATI has launched their next-gen DX11 cards, there’s no shortage of choice out there where manufacturers are concerned. So in the office this week we had Gigabyte’s HD 6850 to play around with. While the basic PCB remains identical to the reference AMD HD 6850 cards, Gigabyte obviously added their own unique twist to the card, the Windforce 2x Anti-Turbulence cooling system.

While it sounds really fancy, the only thing I could test on the heatsink was whether it kept the temperatures under control or not. On that front the Windforce heatsink did an admirable job, even while overclocked, sadly I couldn’t test the “anti-turbulence” claim, lest I break the card. I have to say though; on the outside the Windforce looks really sleek with its black design and semi-transparent fans.

Apart from looking good, the Gigabyte HD 6850 supports up to 3 screens on the AMD Eyefinity using a combination of 2x DVI, HDMI and a DisplayPort. The other great thing about the HD 6850s is of course their power requirement of 400W and one 6-pin PCIe power plug.

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