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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 25 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 Video Card
Sapphire 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
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Conclusion

DX11: Aliens vs Predator

Aliens vs. Predator is a science fiction first-person shooter video game, developed by Rebellion, and published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360. Aliens vs. Predator utilizes Rebellion's proprietary Asura game engine, which had previously found its way into Call of Duty: World at War and Rogue Warrior. The self-contained benchmark tool is used for our DirectX-11 tests, which push the Asura game engine to its limit.

In our benchmark tests, Aliens vs. Predator was configured to use the highest quality settings with 4x AA and 16x AF. DirectX-11 features such as Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) and tessellation have also been included, along with advanced shadows.

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows)

Aliens-vs-Predator_DX11_Benchmark.jpg

Aliens vs Predator Extreme Quality Settings

Cost Analysis: Aliens vs Predator (1680x1050)

  • $142 Radeon HD 5770 1GB costs $7.36 per FPS
  • $167 GeForce GTX 460 768MB costs $6.71 per FPS
  • $180 Radeon HD 6850 1GB costs $6.41 per FPS
  • $188 Radeon HD 5830 1GB costs $8.14 per FPS
  • $220 GeForce GTX 460 1GB costs $7.67 per FPS
  • $240 Radeon HD 6870 1GB costs $7.27 per FPS
  • $260 EVGA GTX 460 FTW 1GB costs $7.54 per FPS
  • $262 Radeon HD 5850 1GB costs $7.92 per FPS
  • $292 GeForce GTX 470 1GB costs $8.13 per FPS

Test Summary: Aliens vs Predator may use the well-known Asura game engine, but DirectX-11 extensions push the graphical demand on this game to levels eclipsed only by Mafia-II or Metro 2033 (and possibly equivalent to DX10 Crysis). With an unbiased appetite for raw DirectX-11 graphics performance, Aliens vs Predator accepts AMD and NVIDIA products as equal contenders. When high-strain SSAO is called into action, the Radeon HD 6850 compares to the 1GB GeForce GTX 460 at stock speeds, and while the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW video card is well out of reach, the Radeon HD 5830 and 5770 are easily surpassed. At 1680x1050 resolution with extreme quality settings, the Radeon HD 5770 produced 17 FPS in Crysis compared to 22 FPS with the Radeon HD 5830, while the Radeon HD 6850 produced 26 FPS.

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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# RE: Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 Video CardJosh 2011-10-26 16:56
How is exhausting all heated air outside of the case a CON? This is a PRO if anything! I'm lost now.. Otherwise a pretty decent review. Thanks!
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# RE: RE: Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 Video CardOlin Coles 2011-10-26 17:09
Nearly everyone agrees that hot air does not belong inside the computer case, heating up the processor and other components. We want the video card to exhaust the hot air outside the case, so everything stays cool and lasts longer.
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# RE: Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 Video CardJosh 2011-10-26 18:04
"Cons:

- Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case"

It says - OUTSIDE of case.. that's why I was confused.

If this "We want the video card to exhaust the hot air outside the case, so everything stays cool and lasts longer." is the case, then why is it listed as con that's all...

I too, as an avid overclocker, agree and understand that hot air does not belong in the case, thank you.
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# RE: RE: Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 Video CardOlin Coles 2011-10-26 18:45
Exactly one year later, and I'm making a typo correction. It now reads "Con - Fan exhausts all heated air back inside case"
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# RE: Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 Video CardJosh 2011-10-26 18:49
Lol... still relevant, lots of people are still purchasing this card, including myself - two of them in crossfire can keep up with a 580 - and for less money and less wattage.

Thanks for the review and the clarification on the cons!

Hopefully my going overkill with case fans will help to negate this issue..
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