AMD Radeon HD 6850: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6850

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 2-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 12.00 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6850's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
47.76
 
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Code name
Barts
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
21 October 2010
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$179
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$99.99
 
of 4095.95 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6850's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core 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
960
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
127 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
37.2 GTexel / s
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
1,488.0 gflops
 
of 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 video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
AGP
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
198 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6850: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory bandwidth
128.0 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6850.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 

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.
CrossFire
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
OpenGL
4.3
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6850. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
12.10
 
 
Passmark
2284
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
2460
 

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6850. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
139 Mh/s
 
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6850 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6850 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 460 v2, which is faster by 6% and higher by 13 positions in our rating.

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