|VisionTek Radeon HD 6850 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 03 November 2011|
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VisionTek 9900339 Radeon HD 6850 Conclusion
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The release of the Barts GPU was a little less than stellar. The 6xxx series didn't come in with quite the same fanfare as the 5xxx series. There was a lot of skepticism, especially around the naming convention. Even so, the specifications for the new line of Barts GPUs were great. After being around now for a while, things have calmed down and the Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 have settled into their niche. They occupy a great place in AMDs GPU line-up, allowing for buyers to have something in the in-between range to work with. Prices have recently dropped significantly. This makes the Radeon HD 6850 a very attractive card for mid-range buyers.
The VisionTek Radeon HD 6850 performed just like any normal Radeon HD 6850. In most areas, it did outperform the MSI Radeon HD 6850 we tested it against. The cooling was steady and temperatures were relatively low compared to the heavy duty cards of yesteryear. All in all, before overclocking, the VisionTek Radeon HD 6850 was pretty standard.
I don't consider the VisionTek Radeon HD 6850 to be very visually appealing. It's pretty plain. The fan is a translucent blue, which looks ok, but it doesn't stand out a whole lot. The plain appearance transcends the card itself and adheres to the box as well. Besides touting the features of the card, there isn't anything else on the card or box itself. No graphics or fancy logos; nothing to make it stand out in a crowd.
While the VisionTek 6850 may not look like much, it is well constructed. There is a lot of headroom for extra voltage and overclocking, which tells the tale of the high quality components. An inspection of the more closely packed areas of the card reveals careful construction. There is no splash residue of solder remaining. Everything looks clean and sturdy.
The functionality, including overclocking ability, of the VisionTek Radeon HD 6850 that we received was absolutely outstanding. I was able to achieve a nearly 30% increase in clock speed on the 9900339 that we received for testing. Even the memory speed was increased by 15%. As I mentioned before, these results are not typical. I don't want you to go out and buy one of these cards expecting these numbers. What it does show is the amazing overclock headroom available on the VisionTek 6850.The VisionTek 9900339 Radeon HD 6850 costs $171.99 at Newegg. This comes in near the top of the Radeon HD 6850 cards. With clock speeds and nothing overly spectacular about the card, this seems a little out of the ordinary. Originally, I had thought I would have to give the VisionTek Radeon HD 6850 low marks for value because of this. After finding the overclockability of the VisionTek Radeon 6850 to be so outstanding, however, I must reconsider. If you aren't planning on overclocking, the VisionTek 9900339 might get looked over, as other stock clocked HD 6850s are much less expensive.
+ Cool Performance
+ Outstanding Overclocking Headroom
+ Mid-Range Price
+ Solid Construction
- A little pricey for a 6850
Final Score: 8.7 out of 10.
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