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


Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Radeon HD 6850 1440SP
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

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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

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

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43 fps

Civilization 5 1680x1050 - Maximum quality + 4xMSAA

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41.6 fps

Battleforge 1920x1200 - Maximum quality + 4XAA

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46.6 fps

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

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88 fps

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

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

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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


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 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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