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Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E Video Card (100315L)
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- PCI-Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
- 256-bit DDR5 memory interface
- Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
- Microsoft Windows 7 Support, 1xHDMI, 1x Display port, 1xDVI
- ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays
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|Device Type||—||Graphic Cards||Graphics Cards||Video Card||Graphic Cards||Graphics Cards|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCI-E||PCI-E||PCI-E||PCI-E||PCI-E||PCI-E|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon||geforce gtx||Nvidia GeForce||AMD Radeon||—||AMD Radeon|
|Graphics Card Ram||1 GB||4 GB||1 GB||1 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|Graphics Ram Type||DDR5 SDRAM||GDDR5||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||GDDR5||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Hardware Connectivity||HDMI||PCIE x 16||PCIE x 16||HDMI||PCIE x 16||PCI|
|Built-In Media||—||EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING Graphics Card, Driver CD, Installation Guide, EVGA Gaming Poster, Powered by EVGA Case Badge, EVGA Enthusiast Built Sticker||Evga Geforce 8400 Gs 1Gb Gddr3 Pci Express 2.0 Graphics Card, Drivers Cd-Rom, Owner's Manual Manual Given In Detail Page||Msi Ati Radeon Hd6450 1 Gb Ddr3 Vga/Dvi/Hdmi Low Profile Pci-Express Video Card, 3-Years Limited Warranty Period- Parts, 3-Years Limited Warranty Period-Labor||Graphic Card, Manual||—|
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 6.5 x 11.5 in||1.5 x 5.7 x 4.38 in||1.5 x 11 x 7.5 in||2.72 x 5.71 x 0.71 in||4.4 x 7.5 x 1.5 in||2 x 9.1 x 6.2 in|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bits||128 bits||1,000 bits||64 bits||128 bits||64 bits|
|Memory Clock Speed||4,000 MHz||7,010 MHz||520 MHz||1,333 MHz||7,000 MHz||1,066 MHz|
|Style Name||—||GTX 1050 Ti SC (Single Fan)||1 GB||R6450-MD1GD3/LP||RX 550 GAMING||R6450-2GD3H/LP|
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Usually, I will get Nvidia cards, but I decided to try something different and get a ATI (Now AMD) card. Keep in mind that I am coming from a Galaxy 9800GT card, so this is a rather big upgrade for me. First, here is a list of my specs:
-AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE Processor
-G-Skill Ripjaw 8GB of RAM
-Sapphire Radeon HD 6850
-Cooler Master HAF 932 Case
-Corsair CMPSU-750TX Power Supply
-Cooler Maste Hyper 212 Plus Heatsink
-Western Digital 640GB Caviar Black 64MB Cache HDD (Main)
-Western Digital 1TB Caviar Green 32MB Cache HDD (Backup)
-Sony Optiarc AD-7260S DVD/CD Burner
-Logitech Classic Keyboard 200
-HP 2159M Monitor
As you can see, this is a fairly powerful PC. As far as installation, I had no major problems. Like most cards, it will take up 2 slot covers, although one advantage is the card only requires one power connection and not two.
Drivers, however, were a different issue. Out of the box, I was able to get everything installed that I need to, but the Catalyst program has a weird tendency to not optimize your monitor to the best settings (At least mine, it has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, although the card can go much higher). I had to play around with the settings to get the desktop to be in full aspect ratio and for the text not to be blurry on a HDMI cable. You will also need to update the drivers, since the CD is out of date.
As far as the games I have tried:
-WoW will run on average about 30-70 FPS depending on what settings are enabled (About 30-50 on Max with V-Sync turned off, and higher with a couple of the options turned down).
-Crysis will run on max settings at around 30-40 FPS on average with DX10 settings, which is very decent.
-Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo ran extremely fast with no major lag issues.
-FFXIV is the only one that really gave it any problems, and acted sluggish with everything maxed out. However, turning down the view distance helped greatly with speed. Near maxed out, it does 30-40 FPS.
-GTAIV, A game with a record of being sluggish all around, ran perfectly with no major hiccups in cutscenes and whatnot, with only the draw distance slightly turned down.
-Half Life 2, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Counter Strike: Source ran beautifully maxed out with no major lag (No idea about FPS for these, but it was extremely high).
-Bioshock ran with no lag with DX10 stuff turned on and everything at max.
-Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ran pretty well, some very minor lag but I also only played for a few minutes and did not optimize it well. Should run flawlessly though otherwise.
-The 3DMark Vantage free trial gave 30-50 FPS on average for most of its tests.
Overall, from a gamer's point of view I am happy. For my monitor's resolution it does everything extremely well and I can see the card lasting at least another 1-2 years without me having to Crossfire it (Which I might do at some point when these cards go down in price). While some benchmarks might say it might be middle of the road, you REALLY do not need 100FPS in a game with everything maxed out, your eyes can only see at most a 60FPS most of the time. Outside the issues with getting the desktop set up, it is a great card for any high end PC.
But since that time, I have had Amazon send me a replacement, I have uninstalled and freshly reinstalled, removed all traces of my old video card, replaced my motherboard, CPU, RAM, and harddrive...
And it's still causing problems. It just has to be the video card.
I don't know what is causing this, but it's the sort of problem that isn't cooperative. It cannot be replicated unless it's already happened once. And it doesn't happen if you strain the card with high graphic video game usage.
My former computer specs were:
Pegatron 3.02 Violet motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 620 CPU with 2.6GHz
8 GB RAM
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition.
My current computer specs are:
AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard
Intel i7 3770 CPU with 3.6GHz
16 GB RAM
new copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition.
Even my harddrive was replaced, though backed up into the newer one. The only constant in both constructs were the Power Supply Unit, a Corsair 620W, and this video card.
The problem exactly is this:
95% of the time it happens when playing streaming videos on a web page, such as Youtube. As the video loads and starts, the video screen is black, and the time scale pointer doesn't move. The screen flickers, going black for any time from half a second to two seconds, before coming back, with the message from the taskbar "Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered successfully".
If this happens with the streaming video, I have to close that web page IMMEDIATELY. I then have to restart my computer if I want to watch that video again. If I try to watch it again without restarting, the problem will re-occur, only this time the screen will pixelate as it goes to black, the sound will freeze and blare its glitchy horror, and I'll be dropped onto a Blue Screen of Death.
I have tried updating all drivers, I have tried increasing the GPU processing time Timeout and Recovery in the registry to 8 seconds, I've even tried replacing hardware as mentioned above.
One thing that did work on my old computer was removing the video card and putting back in the default chipset the motherboard came with. I could strain the graphics all I wanted with as many streaming videos, it would stay playing, only load slowly.
The problem still persists, and I give up. I know it's largely my own paranoia, but it gets to a point where I hold my breath before opening any streaming video on youtube or any other site. It might work for other people, but I'm fed up with this card.
On the plus side: It is extremely quiet, even when running video games on maximum settings, and runs fast and stable. Oddly, this problem isn't affected by a video game running in the background; it will happen regardless of how many programs I have open. It may be related to CPU usage, but this utter randomness and total lack of solutions is ridiculous. It can occur if I try to watch youtube videos one after the other, stopping a video in mid-play to open another, but won't occur if I have a video game running, windows media player playing music, and a youtube video open all at the same time.
Also, the temperatures are extremely cool, compared to my previous Nvidia GeForce 9800. Average idle temp was between 38 and 42 degrees C, and when running a video game on high settings, rarely got past 60-70 degrees C.
This card is where full hd gaming starts. It can handle basically all new games on 1080p, with high graphic settings. And only uses 1 6 pin power connector.
The fan is not noticeable when idle, but is more when you gaming ( of course ) but its not that much louder. I set my fan speed at 70% , and overclocked the core clock to 850mhz and the memory clock to 1.1ghz in catalyst control center. going any more for the memory clock isn't stable...
Here are my other specs:
Amd Athlon quad core 3ghz
4gb of DDR2 ram
Windows 7 64-bit
Here are some benchmarks..
Battlefield 3 alpha: Yes, i have play'd the Battlefield 3 alpha with this beast.
On 1680x10560, on high settings: 40-50fps outside,55-70 inside.
Note that this wasn't the full game, and destruction was toned down, as well as graphics and many other things.
But when the full game comes out, except to be able to play it with mostly high settings.
Bad Company 2: On 1680x1050, on all high settings, i get around 65fps in single player average :)
Crisis 2: Yell at me all you want, i see no difference at all, NO difference in the graphics settings, so i played on high ( which is the lowest ) and got about 85fps. On all high around 35.
GTA4: with mostly high settings and the view distance set at about 35, a good 45fps. With the view distance at 0, around 60fps.