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Friday, 10 December 2010 14:18

XFX rolls out a new HD 6850

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Dual fans 

To make the wait for Cayman based cards a bit more bearable, XFX has prepared yet another card based on the now quite famous Barts GPU - the HD 6850 Dual Fan edition. 

Despite the fact that it has a non-reference dual fan cooler, the card is still working at reference clocks. So, you are looking at a standard Barts GPU with 960 Stream processors, clocked at 775MHz for the GPU and 4000MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Of course, the card comes with a 256-bit memory interface. 

The new card comes with the same backplate you might've seen on previous HD 6850 cards so you can expect two DVIs, HDMI and Displayport outputs as well as XFX's custom exhaust grill. The best part is that XFX is currently working on its HD 6850 Dual Fan Black Edition, so it shouldn't be long until this one hits retail as well. 

The plain HD 6850 Dual Fan is already listed all around Europe with a €192,90 price tag. Scan.co.uk also has the card listed for £157.07 inc. VAT.

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Last modified on Friday, 10 December 2010 15:32
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+13 #1 arclight 2010-12-10 16:57
The card looks sweet. I haven't seen any review yet but by the looks of it should cool the card pretty well compared to vanila(in terms of coolers) HD 6850.

XFX is doing a good job, i wish them the best. My only critique is that it only has 2 (copper?) heatpipes, 4 would have worked better, like on MSI's Twin Forzr.
 
 
+4 #2 iicsus 2010-12-10 19:40
Isn't it a custom I/O shield? I thought the backplate is on the other side of the PCB (like on the stock 5870).
 
 
+4 #3 B0B 2010-12-11 12:36
nice looking card.
 
 
0 #4 Nerdmaster 2010-12-11 14:45
Quoting arclight:
The card looks sweet. I haven't seen any review yet but by the looks of it should cool the card pretty well compared to vanila(in terms of coolers) HD 6850.

XFX is doing a good job, i wish them the best. My only critique is that it only has 2 (copper?) heatpipes, 4 would have worked better, like on MSI's Twin Forzr.


But remember that the card has 120W TDP so when gaming it should consume a bit less than 100W. So it defenitely does not need 4 heat pipes. It would be a waste of copper.
 
 
+1 #5 Super XP 2010-12-12 05:38
2 heat pipes were chosen to keep the price down. Though 4 would have been so much better. Nevertheless, great looking card, love the RED DVI's.

Now let's see what Sapphire has for us...
 

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