|PowerColor Radeon AX6850 SCS3|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 06 July 2011|
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AX6850 1GBD5-S3DH Detailed Features
With the cooler removed, the bright red PCB is exposed. The 1GB of GDDR5 video RAM is cooled with small copper heat sinks attached with thermal adhesive. Although it makes no functional difference it would have been nice to see the RAM sinks lined up better.
Compared to the "stock" PowerColor Radeon HD6850 video card on the left, the AX6850 1GBD5-S3DH is an obviously different board layout. PowerColor doesn't make any special claims about this board (other than its silent cooling), so the reason for the different board layout is a mystery.
Compared to the "stock" PowerColor Radeon HD6850, the extra width of the SCS3 version is obvious.
PowerColor says the AX6850 1GBD5-S3DH is a "double slot form factor", but its gigantic cooler makes it a 3-slot card at best, and the extra heat sink material on the back of the card make it a four-slot card if there's another slot behind it. It's perhaps possible you could fit a very thin card behind it, but in a standard tower case, the heat roiling off the back of the SCS3 would likely toast whatever was in the other slot.
Let's review the detailed technical specifications of this card in the next section.