Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card ReviewMon, Apr 04, 2011 - 12:00 AM
A Closer Look At The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card
The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card is squarely aimed at the gaming and enthusiast market. Its price point and its power make it a bit expensive seeing as how there are 6870’s that you can actually get for $10.00 less than this card with a higher 900 MHz GPU clock and 1120 stream processing units compared to 960.
Here we get our first clear look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card. Above we can see the cowling that covers the entire card with the cooling fan at the far right side or, shall we say, the rear of the card. The card has the usual black design with cut edges to give the card a futuristic look. We can see that the fan is a squirrel fan with the Sapphire logo in the center of it. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card is 10″ long so you might want to make sure this card will fit comfortably in your case before you buy it, or plan on buying a new case. Whichever you choose.
Moving to the back of the card we can see that it follows the reference design almost exactly. We can also see the single crossfire connector at the top of the card as well as the bracket that holds the GPU cooler in place.
As I mentioned before, I got excited when I saw that the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card has dual six pin connectors because the sight of these usually means that there are some high overclocks waiting for us ahead.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card features two of the mini display ports; part of the bundle is a mini DP to standard DP adapter, so don’t worry, they have you covered. There is also a 1.4a version HDMI port, and can you believe it? Sapphire included an HDMI cable. Did I mention that they have you covered? Oh, and two DVI connectors. That’s a lot of ports.
Up above we get a better look at the top of the card. Again, we see the power connectors and the crossfire connector. The black motif of the card covers pretty much the entire card, even the top.
Here is a better look at the squirrel cage fan. I myself am not a fan of these types of fans as they generally don’t cool as well as standard bladed fans and they tend to be a lot louder, too. As long as you don’t turn this one up to 100% and you let it auto set itself, it really isn’t all that loud, but once you get it above 70% it does become very noticeable.