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Asus 1GB Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU PCI-E 2

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Factory Overclocked at 790MHz for 10MHz higher than clock performance
  • Boost up to 50% higher with ASUS exclusive Voltage Tweak
  • Exclusive DirectCU thermal solution reaches 20% cooler
  • 3 year warranty
  • DirectX11 support
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Product Information

Technical Details
Product Dimensions41.1 x 23.6 x 9.1 cm
Item model numberEAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2
Graphics Card DescriptionRadeon HD 6850
Graphics RAM TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Card Ram Size1 GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 44,548 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.7 Kg
Date First Available5 Jan 2011
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The awaited 6000 series comes with plenty of ASUS unique features. Direct CU is an ASUS exclusive technology incorporating the effective heat conducting properties of copper. This effectively diffuses heat away from the GPU allowing it to work harder and deliver fantastic performance delivering 20% cooler operation.

ASUS exclusive Voltage Tweak Technology will boost performance by up to 50%, as well as this, users can benefit from 20% cooler card during game play and up to 35% less noise, under idle mode than generic HD 6850 with DIRECTCU Technology. Furthermore this product is pre overclocked to 790Mhz Core Clock Speed.

EMI Shield effectively blocks 66% radiation to protect users health and improves the clarity of graphics. Microsoft DirectX 11 support brings new levels of visual realism to gaming on the PC and the experience top quality performance. Microsoft Windows 7 Support enables PC users to enjoy an advanced computing experience and to do more with their PC.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic mid-range card 29 Mar 2011
The 6850 Direct CU is a fantastic card with typical high standards of Asus build quality. One of the biggest selling points this card has is the combination of cooling performance and high overclocking capabilities

The Direct CU cooler is very impressive, holding the card around the 65c threshold when gaming, and during normal use is barely audible. Though even when gaming its not intrusively loud. While there is no free game, the bundle includes a leather wallet, which can hold a small collection of CD's, or DVD's.

Overclocking headroom is fantastic, but I don't understand why Asus didn't set the default clocks higher - even 850mhz on the core and 1100mhz via the memory is fine using AMD's own catalyst overdrive feature.

I've had mine at 1000/1250 with a voltage bump using msi afterburner and the temps weren't too bad. I think 950/1150 is more realistic though, a sweet spot if you will. Though I do tend to keep the core at 850/1100 for everyday use, which it handles fine without the need for extra voltage.

If you are getting a 6850 I thoroughly recommend the asus one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Performance Graphics Card 23 May 2011
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The Asus Radeon HD6850 simply plugs into a PCI-E motherboard slot and is ready to use. One slightly unexpected feature is the requirement for TWO auxiliary power connections (in some of the reviews describing earlier versions only one auxiliary power connection was present; Asus apparently changed that to two connections more recently).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very quiet 31 Aug 2011
By Uriel
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Was looking for a replacement for a silent nVidia solution that burnt a couple weeks back. There is nothing in the area of silent on the market these days so had to go for a conventional cooling video card.

My demands were something with acceptable performance for a casual gamer, with a good price naturally and as quiet as possible. According to reviews the performance for this GPU was just right, the price was not too bad either, the only question was the amount of noise from the card. I went for it nevertheless, thinking that if it is too noisy I'll be just falling back to a cheap silent video I've got when I am not playing for extended periods of time.

However, to my big surprise, the card proved to be very quiet, after assembling the rig I could not tell that the old silent video card was gone and one with a fan was installed. The performance is fairly acceptable in line with the reviews and it is still fairly quiet even during load so I would call it one of the best solutions in terms of price, performance and noise levels.

5 stars without a question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossfire 19 Jun 2011
By Zigstar
Two of these in a crossfire set-up are outstanding, not only are they great value, but when paired they out perform the pricey 5970 costing 400+.
So if it's bang for buck you're after, look no further than these as the 6850 are great cards and these Asus models can give you even more performance with their excellent over-clocking potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Mar 2012
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Simply put, this card represents absolutely fantastic value for money and excellent performance. Stays at around 35c degrees at idle in my system and maxes out at about 60c when under full strain. It handles games like Crysis 2 and Alan Wake superbly with frame-rates rarely dropping below 40fps. It looks excellent, and also stays very quiet. Over-clocking is as easy as moving a slider on your screen, although over-clocking isn't really necessary for me at the moment, as it comes pre-clocked at levels that will handle any game with ease.

So to conclude, if you're looking for a mid-range card for around the 100-120, get this one, you really cannot get better value for money, you truly will not be disappointed!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive performance for the price 8 Aug 2011
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I recently bought this graphics card to replace my ageing Radeon 4670, So far, I'm impressed by the performance that this card gives, giving good solid FPS even in highly demanding games such as GTA 4, and it doesn't even seem to break a sweat in Dirt 2, staying at a solid 60 Fps.

The card comes well packaged, and despite being a somewhat large card, it fit perfectly into my case. I was surprised that the graphics card requires two 6-pin power connectors (in the reviews I had read on forums it stated that the card had only one 6-pin connector) However this is most likely a measure taken by asus to ensure maximum stability if you wish to overclock the card.

I was interested to find out how well this card performs with tesselation enabled too, I tested it in unigine heaven (a benchmarking program based around tesselation and directx 11) and was impressed that the card managed to keep an average fps of around 30, not bad for a mid-range card.

On the whole, impressive performance for the price, especially considering that this is a factory overclocked model. Would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ASUS Radeon HD 6850 V2 4 Aug 2011
By Timmy
This card is amazing! It gets a 7.7 in Windows Experience Index for anyone wondering. Loads of room to overclock. Excellent cooling (compared to other brand 6850s). Excellent price. My only complaint is the noise! My case fans are always on full (can't adjust them) so it was loud enough already but the 6850 made it worse! It's not deafening by any means but I was expecting it to be quieter. That being said I love this card! The most demanding game I have right now is Guild Wars but I'm getting ~120 fps with everything on high!

Recommended for anyone considering it! If you want a whisper-quiet PC this won't do. Everyone else; just buy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing card
I got this card at a really great deal (70 for it :D) and I'm really happy I got it, one game I can easily get over 200fps even on max settings and others still run smoothly at... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bang for the buck.
I owned a couple of these Asus HD 6850 cards for long time already (in two different computers) and must say it's the best bang for the buck I have ever bought anything related to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Crunchy Tech
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent card
Excellent card. It will play all the latest games at reasonable resolutions.
It is very quite.
I would highly recommend this card
Published 15 months ago by Burny
5.0 out of 5 stars Asus 1GB Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU PCI-E 2
Excellent card! Played any game i could throw at it in 1080p with ease, Providing your CPU is up to it too. Read more
Published 15 months ago by loren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I am very pleased with this upgrade which was easy to fit. However although the packaging was a work of art there were no instructions included in the box which would have made... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lincspilot
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a brilliant card (bang for buck) can run battlefield 3 on ultra online at 55-100 fps if you have the cpu to match it, also would make a cheap and very powerful crossfire... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bibnisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value for money GPU
The 6850 series cards are still powerful enough to play any game at 720p and most at 1080p. The ASUS cucore cards are among the best as they have a non-reference pcb, better and... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by 0sx
5.0 out of 5 stars Value Video Card
This video card was purchased as an update and replacement for a failed video card in my 5 year old dual core Mesh desktop computer. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by ReMark
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy graphics card joy!
Great graphics card. Whisper quiet and the little Smart Doctor app that comes with it is pretty nifty too. No complaints about this. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars So good I bought another one
I bought this graphics to replace my Radeon HD4850. This one has Dx11 support and the difference it makes to Crysis 2 is a "so good I could weep" kind of visual experience. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Derek Golding
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