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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video Card
Radeon HD 6850 Closer Look
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
Overclocking and Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Radeon HD 6850 Conclusion

DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2

The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.

At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This will improve performance for users with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.

In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to equalize our test set of video cards, and despite AMD's sponsorship of the game it still plays well using any brand of graphics card.

  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)

Battlefield-Bad-Company-2_Benchmark.jpg

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Extreme Quality Settings

Cost Analysis: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (1680x1050)

  • $142 Radeon HD 5770 1GB costs $3.59 per FPS
  • $167 GeForce GTX 460 768MB costs $3.46 per FPS
  • $180 Radeon HD 6850 1GB costs $3.21 per FPS
  • $188 Radeon HD 5830 1GB costs $4.08 per FPS
  • $220 GeForce GTX 460 1GB costs $4.04 per FPS
  • $240 Radeon HD 6870 1GB costs $3.72 per FPS
  • $260 EVGA GTX 460 FTW 1GB costs $3.47 per FPS
  • $262 Radeon HD 5850 1GB costs $4.23 per FPS
  • $292 GeForce GTX 470 1GB costs $3.93 per FPS

Test Summary: Our extreme-quality tests use maximum settings for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and so users who dial down the anti-aliasing or use a lower resolution will have much better frame rate performance. All of these video cards produced playable frame rates up to 1920x1200, where the Radeon HD 6850 really began to pull ahead of both 768MB and 1GB GeForce GTX 460 video cards and completely surpassed anything the Radeon HD 5830 or 5770 could produce. The similarly priced EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW outperforms the Radeon HD 6870 in both frame rate and value (also matches GTX 470), but then the 6870 clears past the Radeon HD 5850 without much trouble.

Graphics Card Radeon 5770 Radeon 5830 GeForce GTX460 Radeon 6850 GeForce GTX460 Radeon HD6870 EVGA GTX460 FTW Radeon HD5850
GPU Cores 800 1120 336 960 336 1120 336 1440
Core Clock (MHz) 850 800 675 775 675 900 850 725
Shader Clock (MHz) N/A N/A 1350 N/A 1350 N/A 1700 N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1200 1000 900 1000 900 1050 1000 1000
Memory Amount 1GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5 768MB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit



 

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# Why 7.25 on the value?sweatshopking 2010-10-22 03:50
this card produces frames at a lower cost than anything else you tested, based on your own scores. Why do you rate it a 7.25 on the value front?
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# RE: Why 7.25 on the value?Olin Coles 2010-10-22 07:04
True, the cost per frame value was quite nice, but there were several factors I considered for the value rating and you've got to keep in mind that it's a subjective score. I didn't like that fan noise was slightly louder than the 6870, and the price seemed just a little higher than I think it should be. Again, it's only my rating, and you can ignore it if you feel differently about the cards' price.
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# Mr.Mete Can Karahasan 2010-10-23 16:59
At 16x10 resolution, Hd 6850 is actually producing 56.1 fps in the BF2:BC benchmark, better than gtx 460. A typo there, my guess.
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# Typo fixedOlin Coles 2010-10-23 17:33
Fixed! Thank you for pointing that out.
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# 5830David 2010-10-25 06:30
well I wish I'd read this before I bought a 5830. not really sure where the 5830 would have placed in this test, but I assume it would be just below the 6850. my options at the site I purchased it were 5770 $139, 5830 $179, or 6850 $199. my motherboard doesn't have pcie 2.1 on 2.0 but I'm not sure if that would influence my choices.
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# typoDavid 2010-10-25 06:31
2.1 on 2.0 should read 2.1 only 2.0
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# 5830 wasn't greatsweatshopking 2010-10-25 07:02
the 5830 would come in quite a bit below the 6850, and with much higher tdp, and noise. It was a lackluster part, and that was one of the reasons for the refresh. that being said, it's still better than my 4850, so enjoy it!
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# RE: 5830Olin Coles 2010-10-25 07:14
I've actually got several results tested on the 5830, but didn't include them because this model is being phased out. I'll update the article with what I've got.
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# RE: 5830David 2010-10-25 08:05
so my next question is how will my system likely perform. I'm upgrading from a 8800GT OC to a 6850 reference card on a P43 ICH10 MB a E8400 cpu with 4GB of Dual Channel DDR2 1066 Ram and a 3gbs Sata HD, onto a 1680 x 1050 22" LCD via DVI
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# finesweatshopking 2010-10-25 08:51
should be able to play pretty much anything on high, at that resolution.
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# RE: RE: 5830Olin Coles 2010-10-25 10:23
At that resolution, it should nearly match the 1680x1050 results I produced in this review.
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# RE: RE: RE: 5830David 2010-10-25 10:46
Thanks :D thats great news!
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# rmaDavid 2010-10-25 07:35
called NE they informed me that the order shipped but i can refuse delivery or rma the whole box unopened for a full refund. so I reordered everything with a 6850 :D
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# RE: rmaOlin Coles 2010-10-25 07:37
That's good news. I've updated the test summary sections with 5830 performance results.
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# RE: RE: rmaDavid 2010-10-25 07:45
thanks, looks like it's $20 well spent to go from the 5830 to the 6850. besides the FPS increase, I will also get a overall better quality controlled product with a couple of extras that I probably won't use LOL.
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# RE: RE: RE: rmaDavid 2010-10-25 07:49
hmm well did have to give up a free copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. sigh. I doubt I would of played it much though
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# Updated performance chartsOlin Coles 2010-10-25 16:23
You'll all be pleased to know that I've updated this article with new performance charts that compare the Radeon HD 5830 and 5770.
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# EVGApero 2010-11-12 23:09
How can the EVGA GTX460 be so much better than a normal one?
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# Massive OverclockBruceBruce 2010-11-12 23:34
It's overclocked by the factory from 675 MHz to 850 MHz, giving it a pretty substantial (25% +) kick compared to stock cards.
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# RE: Massive Overclockpero 2010-11-13 14:39
Is it physically different too? If a consumer overclocked a non-overclocked GTX460, would the results be the same?
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# RE: RE: Massive OverclockOlin Coles 2010-11-13 15:49
Nope, it's just been overclocked. The results would be the same for any GTX 460 overclocked to those speeds.
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# RE: EVGAOlin Coles 2010-11-13 08:49
Please see the Test Methodology section for specifications, but the reason it's better is because of a strong factory overclock.
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# Will it work with my mobo?Ethan 2011-11-24 20:22
Hi. My motherboard has a pci 2.0 slot, not 2.1. will this card work?

Im currently running an amd msi r5770 hawk.
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# RE: AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video CardEthan 2011-11-24 20:29
also, how much power does it need to run crossfire?
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# RE: RE: AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video CardOlin Coles 2011-11-24 21:06
It will work just fine with PCI-E 2.0, and since each card uses 140W expect to use 280W in CrossFire.
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# RE: RE: AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video CardEthan 2011-11-24 23:28
I have a 750 watt power supply. A 1 terrabite segate 7200 rpm hdd 8 gigs of ddr3 1333 Corsair Dominator ram, and an x fi titanium sound card. do you think that there would be enough power to run cf or should i check and see how much power each thing takes individually?

Thank you very much for the response
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# RE: RE: RE: AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video CardOlin Coles 2011-11-25 08:34
Your 750W PSU will be more than enough for CrossFire on that system.
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