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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: BattleForge

BattleForge is free Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) developed by EA Phenomic with DirectX-11 graphics capability. Combining strategic cooperative battles, the community of MMO games, and trading card gameplay, BattleForge players are free to put their creatures, spells and buildings into combination's they see fit. These units are represented in the form of digital cards from which you build your own unique army. With minimal resources and a custom tech tree to manage, the gameplay is unbelievably accessible and action-packed.

Benchmark Reviews uses the built-in graphics benchmark to measure performance in BattleForge, using Very High quality settings (detail) and 8x anti-aliasing with auto multi-threading enabled. BattleForge is one of the first titles to take advantage of DirectX-11 in Windows 7, and offers a very robust color range throughout the busy battleground landscape. The charted results illustrate how performance measures-up between video cards when Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) is enabled.

  • BattleForge v1.2
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Auto Multi-Thread)

BattleForge_DX11_Benchmark.jpg

BattleForge Extreme Quality Settings

Cost Analysis: BattleForge (1680x1050)

  • $142 Radeon HD 5770 1GB costs $5.57 per FPS
  • $167 GeForce GTX 460 768MB costs $4.76 per FPS
  • $180 Radeon HD 6850 1GB costs $5.10 per FPS
  • $188 Radeon HD 5830 1GB costs $6.96 per FPS
  • $220 GeForce GTX 460 1GB costs $5.71 per FPS
  • $240 Radeon HD 6870 1GB costs $5.93 per FPS
  • $260 EVGA GTX 460 FTW 1GB costs $5.34 per FPS
  • $262 Radeon HD 5850 1GB costs $6.74 per FPS
  • $292 GeForce GTX 470 1GB costs $5.41 per FPS

Test Summary: With BattleForge graphics settings turned to their highest quality, the Radeon HD 6850 is reduced to competing with the less-expensive 768MB GeForce GTX 460 and loses the cost per frame value. Alternatively, the Radeon HD 6850 achieves a better cost per frame value than the 1GB EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW, but gets trampled in terms of frame rate performance. Compared with the older Radeon HD 5770 and price-appropriate 5830, the Radeon HD 6850 enjoys a significant lead in both value and performance. At 1680x1050 resolution with extreme quality settings, the Radeon HD 5770 produced 19.3 FPS in Alien vs Predator compared to 23.1 with the Radeon HD 5830, while the Radeon HD 6850 produced 28.1 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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