VTX3D Radeon HD 6850 X-Edition is based on AMD’s new Barts core, and has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. The test showed a performance much like NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 460, which we were expecting accordingly to the factory overclock.
For everyday use, the performance is almost identical, with only a few variations. In Tessellation benchmarks, the GeForce GTX 460 wins by a little, even though the Radeon HD 6800 series is updated in that point.
AMD’s reference design has been updated with a 9-winged fan, where two copper heatpipes, and a big base leads the heat-energy away from the hard-working components. The surface of the card is transparent red, which appeals to gamers. VTX3D have removed 2 x Mini DisplayPort in favour of a full-sized DisplayPort. The Eyefinity technology is supported, and lets the user use three monitors together. The reference design can support up to six monitors in Eyefinity, but because of the connection possibilities, this is not an option with the VTX3D Radeon HD 6850 X-Edition.
Overclockers can make voltage regulations on the GPU via software. A chip produced by CHiL supports this feature. Gamers achieves a good performance for the money, with the factory overclock, which in most benchmarks gives a few extra frames per second. Enthusiasts are locked at a 2-way CrossFireX solution.
As things are now, we cannot announce an official Danish price on the product, but we do expect a price in the lower end of the scale, because of earlier launches’ prices. Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 can both be achieved at a price of 1350 Danish Kroner and perform around the same. It is going to be a dead heat between these cards. Specific features, and the users preferences, are the factors that are going to decide. AMD have Eyefinity, HD3D gaming and Eyespeed, compared to NVIDIA’s PhysX, CUDA, 3D Vision and 3D Surround features.
The VTX3D Radeon HD 6850 X-Edition is performing very well, and is different from AMD’s reference design, which awards this card with the “Great Product” award.
- Factory overclocked
- Designed for gamers
- HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 connections
- The length of the card fits in most cases
- Eyefinity with three monitors
- Low power consumption
- Good at overclocking
- Supports voltage regulation
- Microsoft DirectX 11 compatible
- GDDR5 memory
- Effective and noiseless cooler
- Locked at a 2-way CrossFireX solution
- Does not support PhysX or CUDA
- The HD3D gaming technology is in an early stage
- Maximum three monitors in Eyefinity