AMD Radeon HD 6850: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 6850
Radeon HD 6850
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 0
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2010
Performance 5.06

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6850 sales 21 October 2010 at a recommended price of $179. This is TeraScale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 128.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 198 mm. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 127 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

5.06%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 6850: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating519
Value for money0.22
ArchitectureTeraScale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameBarts
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date21 October 2010 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$179
Current price$369 (2.1x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 6850's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6850's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores960of 18432 (AD102)
Number of transistors1,700 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)127 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate37.20of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance1,488.0 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6850's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportAGP
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length198 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6850: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6850. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity1
HDMI+
DisplayPort support-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
HD3D-
PowerTune-
TrueAudio-
ZeroCore-

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 11
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 6850. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 6850 5.06
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

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3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

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Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6850. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 139 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6850 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6850 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 6850's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 460 SE, which is faster by 1% and higher by 4 positions in our performance rating.

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