Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Overview
When I first took the HD 6850 out of the packaging I was actually surprised at how small it was. It looks like your typical mid-range video card. The HD 6850 has a configuration of 960 stream processors and 48 texture processing units. Clock speeds of 775MHz for the core and 1000Mhz (4 Gb/sec effective) for the memory give users access to excellent performance at a lower price point with full DirectX 11 support.
There is a black shroud that covers most of the card. The only thing that really lets you know this is a 6850 card is the Radeon HD 6850 logo on the shroud. There is a small cooling fan that will help keep the card cool during gaming and other applications.
There are quite a few connections on the HD 6850. It has two DVI, one HDMI and a single DisplayPort output. We are seeing DisplayPort become standard on most video cards these days. With the release of the DisplayPort v1.2 drivers, it will be possible to daisy chain several DisplayPort v1.2 monitors from each DisplayPort output. The reference design of the HD 6850 had 2 mini-DisplayPort connections, but Sapphire went with the single normal DisplayPort connection.
Moving around to the other side of the card you can see that it is powered by a single 6pin PCI-Express power cable. You can also see the large heatsink that is on top of the GPU. Flipping the card over you can see Sapphire has used an all blue PCB. Also all of the serial numbers are on the back of the card.
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