Radeon HD 6850 1440SP 

Released August, 2012
  • 725 MHz
  • 1 GB GDDR5

It offers the possibility of getting one HD 6850 card today: win because it's price/performance king and has enough steam to let you play all the latest games at resolutions up to, including, 1680x1050 well into next year.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
The Radeon HD 6850 supports 2-way AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology, which allows you to upscale performance by pairing two HD 6850 cards of any other make, you can also pair an HD 6870 with a HD 6850, which may not yield the maximum performance increase but provides an additional upgrade path.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 6850 1440SP among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

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T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
8.0
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

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Overall Score

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
8.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 6850 1440SP

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
2,247

Batman: Arkham City 1920x1200 - Extreme quality + FXAA-HIGH

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
43 fps

Civilization 5 1680x1050 - Maximum quality + 4xMSAA

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
41.6 fps

Battleforge 1920x1200 - Maximum quality + 4XAA

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
46.6 fps

Hawx 1920 x 1200 - Maximum quality + Low AO + 4xAA

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
88 fps

SmallLux GPU 2.0d4 Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
7,300

SmallLux GPU 1.7Beta Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
5,293

PassMark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
892

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You can reduce some settings, and hit 144FPS without a problem.
Slow rotations and pans didn’t cause any of the typical “crawling” effect on the screen, and targeting on enemies, even at low frame rates, was easy to do.
Any movement that was tracking on the screen would suddenly appear to stop – and then would quickly “jump” to the next location faster than your mind thought it should.
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Choosing a Gaming CPU: Single + Multi-GPU at 1440p, April 2013

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www.anandtech.com
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Sleeping Dogs seems to tax the CPU so little that the only CPU that falls behind by the smallest of margins is an E6400 (and the G465 which would not run the benchmark).
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Feb

Ask the Experts: I'm after some new GPUs for my 2560x1440 gaming, help!

by Anthony Garreffa |
www.tweaktown.com
What would help out gaming@2560x1440 the most from these options: get a good closed loop water cooler and OC the CPU to ~4GHZ and a single hd7970/gtx-680 or save the money from the water cooler leaving cpu @ stock, 2x hd7950's / 2x gtx-670.
I currently have an i7 920 @ stock and tri-sli GTX-280.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Cypress
Market Desktop
Clock speed 725 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon HD 6850 1440SP Edition 725 MHz 1 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,440
Texture mapping units 72
Render output processors 32
Compute units 18
Pixel rate 23.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 52.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,088 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,000 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 4,000 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 128 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 151W
Idle noise level 40.1 dB
Load noise level 46.8 dB
Idle power consumption 114W
Load power consumption 275W
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