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Sapphire 11180-00-40R HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

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  • ATI Eyefinity technology to maximise your field of view across up to three displays
  • Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology to provide twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory
  • 40nm Process Technology
  • ATI Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)
  • 2 Year Warranty
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Technical Details
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions29.4 x 24.2 x 8 cm
Item model number11180-00-40R
Wattage500 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 44,024 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 Kg
Date First Available22 Oct 2010
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The Sapphire HD 6800 series features the second generation of graphics technology from AMD designed to support all the features of Microsoft DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11. The new GPU’s are built in AMD’s 40nm process to deliver high performance with low power consumption. Advanced hardware features include an enhanced Tesselation unit, dedicated HDR Texture compression, multi-threaded communication with system CPU cores, embedded support for many of the DirectCompute 11 instructions, 3D stereoscopic support and HDMI 1.4a.

ATI Eyefinity technology maximises your field of view across up to three displays, fully engaging your peripheral vision. For gamers this puts you right IN the game and for other applications it helps to increase productivity by maximising your visual workspace so that you can see more windows simultaneously. ATI Eyefinity technology is also ideal for multimedia applications as it allows you to keep several ‘palettes’ or ‘panels’ open over a larger workspace whist you edit your images or videos.

GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth.

Cutting edge manufacturing process allows for efficient, high performance parts which use less power than their predecessors.

Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD).

Triple or Quadruple gaming power withATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology.ATI CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.

The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card.

Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software.

Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.

HDMI 1.4a builds on previous generations of HDMI connectivity with support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.

Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution of 2560 x 1600 the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors.

Product Description

MPN: 111800040R - 1 GB, PCI Express 2.1 x16, Dual DVI, HDMI. The Sapphire HD 6800 series features the second generation of graphics technology from AMD designed to support all the features of Microsoft DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11. The new GPUs are built in AMDs 40nm process to deliver high performance with low power consumption.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Killer 8 Feb 2011
By Sean
This card represents the first step on my journey towards the inevitable constant-upgrading madness that steals the lives of so many technophiles. I bought it to replace a 9800GT and it represents a significant upgrade over that fine card, even disregarding the DirectX 11 compatibility. Despite the rather confusing name leading many to believe that it supersedes the 5850, this card is actually a mid-range card, albeit with extremely good overclocking potential. I'll get to that in a minute.

My first thought on opening the box was that it was a card likely to continue giving for a long time. I'll explain that statement. Perhaps it is only the fact that this is my first dual-slot card, but it's large and heavy enough to still be of use once it eventually gives up; it could easily be used to cosh someone with another graphics card, which I would then steal. I applaud Sapphire and AMD for their futureproofing know-how.

The 6850 sports impressive clocks - 775 base and 1000 GDDR5 memory. While obviously inferior to its older sibling the 6870 (with 900 base and 1050 memory), it is still able to run most of my games on ultra high settings, including 8x antialiasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. These games include Dragon Age Origins and Fallout New Vegas, so it's no mean feat. It supports Eyefinity (up to three monitors) and stereoscopic 3D, for those among us who feel the overwhelming need to wear glasses but are cursed with perfect vision. Outputs include Dual-link DVI, Single-Link DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort, so there is a variety of options there, and it is PCI-e 2.1 certified. It can be used in a PCI-e 1.0 slot too, but to get the best out of it, it's best to use it on a motherboard with PCI-e 2.0 capability.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! 8 Jan 2011
I bought this card as a replacement for a HIS 4670HD 512GB graphics card, to go with my Q9550 CPU and G31M-ES2L motherboard. Even though my motherboard is only PCIe 1.1 and this card is PCIe 2.1, there haven't been any problems with that here.

The card is slightly longer than my old card and covered a SATA port on my motherboard, although you might be able to get a right-angled connecter in there (I haven't tried). It is a 2 slot wide card, common for mid/high-end cards these days. It requires a six pin graphics card power connector, a molex adapter is provided if needed. This card uses 150W max and recommendations are a 500W power supply - I am using a 425W Enermax game-grade power supply which has plenty of power on the 12V rails and a dedicated psu cable.

Available ports are:
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI 1.4a
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Single-Link DVI-D

A HDMI cable is supplied as is a DVI-SVGA adapter. Dual link is for resolutions > 1920x1080(HD)@60Hz but the port can act in single-link mode as well. It supports eyefinity, allowing you to connect up to three monitors and combine them into one huge display, although they have to be in the same resolution AFAIK.

I have been impressed by the performance of this card "out of the box" and even more so when overclocked. All of a sudden I can play all the graphically intensive games I've been putting off playing since I got my HD monitor with it's 1920x1080 resolution and gorgeous colours: Farcry 2, Crysis, AvP, Mirror's Edge, etc - in HD resolution with AFx16 and AA OFF VSync OFF with no lag at all, and slight lag with AAx4/Vsync.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance for the Money 13 Feb 2011
By John
In previous ATI series cards like the 4800, 5800 series those where intended to be for the high end. The new 6800 series however are ATIs Mid Range cards and the 6900 series is for the higher end.

I had previously been running a Geforce 9800GT, which is still pretty good for games. The ATI 6850 has been a huge step up for me considering it has been priced for the value performance end of the market. This card has a HDMI output allowing me to connect it to my Full HDTV and it comes with a HDMI cable 1.8M. It's great playing games on a bigger screen.

The card offers strong performance and one such game that is still very demanding is Crysis. I have been playing Crysis at 1080p, enthusaist settings, 4x AA and the game has played smooth. It's noticable that the FPS aren't quite as strong when the game goes into the ICY part, but it's still very playable.

I'm not such a big PC gamer nowadays, so I didn't want to pay a huge sum of money on a GFX card. This card will play all the latest games so I'm happy with my choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Card 10 Dec 2011
By Macca
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I've had this running in my PC for around a week now. I upgraded to it from a Sapphire 5770. It's not much of an upgrade I know, but it has increased performance by around 15-20% in most of my games so far, of which I will make a small comparison list below. First off, the power consumption is lower than my old card, but wasn't something I was concerned about as I have a 650w PSU, but for those on a 500w you will be able to run this card easily.

I have begun to overclock the card, but it's RAM doesn't like to go as far as my old 5770 did, so at the moment I have taken it from the stock 775 clock and 1000 ram speeds up to 850 clock and 1050 ram. Using CCC you will struggle to properly overclock this card, but you can use the nifty Sapphire Trixx utility that comes on the install disk or you can download it from their website. Using Trixx I think I can get the RAM to run stable at around 1100, and I already know I can get the core clock to 900 without having to increase any voltages. So, I think once I have it all sorted, I could see the performace increase to around 25-30% over my old 5770.

The rest of my PC is ageing now, with an overclocked Q6600 @ 3.0ghz and 4GB DDR2 ram. I'm even running it on a PCI-E 1.0 motherboard (Abit IP35Pro) so I know I'm not getting everything I can out of the card, but budgets are tight these days so a new mobo and DDR3 RAM would help the cause, but it's not worth it at the moment.

Some game comparisons running at 1920x1200:
Battlefield 3 (5770) 35-45fps (@78c temp); (6850) 45-60fps (62c temp).
Saints Row 3 (5770) 30-45fps (68c temp); (6850) 40-60fps (55c temp).
SW: The Old Republic [Beta]: (5770) 25-35fps; (6850) 35-50fps (Temps not monitored).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent card
Can run up to 3 monitors
Never had any problems running the latest games
Bought this ATI card because it runs cooler than Nvidia cards
Runs CoD black ops on full... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tez
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance for a decent price
Despite it being a few years old, the HD6850 is still a popular choice for gamers on a small to mid-size budget. Read more
Published 13 months ago by A R Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars No Problems
This so far (had it a year now) has ran without any problems - seems to be a good bit of kit - the performance has transformed my PC as I can now play all games which i couldnt... Read more
Published 15 months ago by steven pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Great graphics card and have never had any problems with it. Displays all i want. Would definitely recommend to a friend .
Published 15 months ago by MR J D DUNN
1.0 out of 5 stars A card that crashes
I first bought this card several months ago simply because I wanted to try a non-nVidia card. This card had some pretty good benchmarks, a fair price and all looked good. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr Jc
1.0 out of 5 stars What a crappy card
The Sapphire HD6850 crashes continually on my 64-bit Windows 7. Switching off Aero hasn't cured it. I get the usual "driver has stopped working and been restarted" messages from... Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by bikerlad
3.0 out of 5 stars Persistent display driver issues
This is a beast of a graphics card, but something which my setup just doesn't seem to gel with.

I have an AMD Phenom II 1100t X6 processor, an Asus Crosshair IV Formula... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by C. ASHTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Sapphire 11180-00-40R HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
Added this to the system that I have just built, M5A97 PRO(Asus), AMD Phenom x6 core 1055t processor, 8gb Kingston HyperX DDR3 160MHZ ram, sata Optical drive and running windows 7... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by BookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Sapphire 11180-00-40R HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
This is a great card for the price and seems to manage all that can be thrown at it. It has been recommended by all the PC mags as a great budget card which indeed it is. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Gladicus
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave my system a real boost!
I had been meaning to upgrade my graphics card for quite some time now. It wasn't that my old card didn't do the job but it wasn't DX11 compatible and it did struggle sometimes at... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Saul Hudson
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