Faster clocks, double the transistor density of earlier 40 nm technology. 40nm technology helped make HD6850 series products the most advanced GPUs ever highest clocks speeds, incredible feature integration, full performance and precision all the time, and ability to take advantage of future, higher-speed memories.
Avivo™HD could provide vibrant high fidelity, flawlessly smooth next-generation video playback. Avivo™HD technology easily allows your PCs to become digital home media center by its compelling video pipeline design that comprises the latest high definition video hardware acceleration, including H.264 and WMV9.
Catalyst™ Control Center
ATI’s all-new Catalyst Control Center goes far beyond traditional driver configuration software—it’s a feature-rich and stable 3D acceleration control application that puts you in complete command of your ATI visual processing unit (VPU). Catalyst Control Center offers exceptional graphics performance and visual quality for the ultimate in performance, stability, and innovation. Safe GPU overclocking, custom profiles, and assignable hotkeys are just a few of the many new features. You’ll also enjoy frequent updates, reliable customer service, and an interactive user feedback program, all backed by ATI’s technical confidence, industry-leading capability, and uncompromising commitment to creating your ultimate visual experience.
Shader Model 5.0
Shader Model 5.0 adds support for indexed temporaries which can be quite useful for certain tasks.Regular direct temporary access is preferable is most cases. One reason is that indexed temporaries are hard to optimize. The shader optimizer may not be able to identify optimizations across indexed accesses that could otherwise have been detected. Furthermore, indexed temporaries tend to increase register pressure a lot. An ordinary shader that contains for instance a few dozen variables will seldom consume a few dozen temporaries in the end but is likely to be optimized down to a handful depending on what the shader does. This is because the shader optimizer can easily track all variables and reuse registers. This is typically not possible for indexed temporaries, thus the register pressure of the shader may increase dramatically. This could be detrimental to performance as it reduces the hardware’s ability to hide latencies.
Microsoft® DirectX® 11
The power of DirectX® 11 with awesome performance, stunning visual effects, and more dynamic interactivity than ever before.Ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all DirectX® 11 applications. Microsoft® DirectX® 11 games, with stunning 3D graphics and shading effects.
OpenGL 4.1® Optimizations
Ensure top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL 4.1 application.
Upgrade to even greater 3D performance quickly and easily thanks to plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology
PCI Express® 2.1 –Now you are ready for the most demanding graphics applications thanks to PCI Express® 2.1 support, which allows up to twice the throughput of current PCI Express® cards. Doubles the bus standard's bandwidth from 2.5 Gbit/s (PCIe 1.1) to 5 Gbit/sec.
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High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of copy protection technology designed to prevent transmission of non-encrypted high-definition content as it travels across DVI or HDMI digital connections.
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a new interface standard for consumer electronics devices that combines HDCP-protected digital video and audio into a single, consumer-friendly connector.
Enjoy powerful graphics performance, improved stability, and an immersive HD gaming experience for Windows Vista. Catalyst™ software is designed for quick setup of graphics, video, and multiple displays, and automatically configures optimal system settings for lifelike DirectX 10 gaming and the visually stunning Windows Aero™ user interface.
Microsoft Windows 7 is the next generation operating system that will mark a dramatic improvement in the way the OS takes advantage of the graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide a more compelling user experience. By taking advangate of the GPU for both graphics and computing, Windows 7 will not only make todays's PCs more visual and more interactive but also ensure that they have the speed and responsiveness customers want.
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i bought this as an upgrade from the 5770 i was running and it was the best move i ever made. the 30 dollar differnce is definitely worth it for those who want performance with out having to worry about having to buy a big powersupply.
my system with phenom 1090t 6 gb ram and this card scored 20000 on 3d futurebenchmark6.
Price was pretty good. I haven't tried overclocking yet, but I hear good things. One thing to note is it has 1 DVI-D and 1 DVI-I connector. Most people probably have newer monitors so it isn't a problem anyways, but it is for me.
A great card for running games on highest and 1920x1080. Metro2033, Battlefield BC2 both run on highest setting although slowdowns in Metro during certain sequences (this might be due to my processor).
I actually got the Diamond version of this card, but basically the same thing, besides this having a better dual-fan for cooling. I got it during the sale that was going on for 159.99 + tax (web deal only) but the sales guy gave me the deal anyways, so I was happy. Basically any version of the 6850 card you can't go wrong with the $200~ range. My old 8800GT died so i got this card for a quick replacement. I am using an older system with C2Duo 3.0 Ghz E6750, 4gig DDR2 ocz ram, Win Vista. I was able to overclock this card to 920/1120 from 775/1000 with minor voltage increase and and it runs game great even with my older system. I am currently playing WoW, COD: Black Ops, BF:BC2, SC2, L4D2, CS:S and it runs all my games well over 80fps (19x12 res, max settings, some AA and AF) so i am extremely please with this card considering my older system. Highly recommended for the average budget gamer that's not going for hardcore SLI/multi-display/benchmark-freak setups.
It's a bit noisy in stock setting, but once you use a program to overclock it, you can easely reduce fan speed to 30% and keep it cool. After it, you got a great and easely overclock video card that don't do to much noise and do not use to much power (it only needs 1 connector 6 pin to work!)
The loud fan issue was just an initial bios thing. A quick update on the video card's bios, downloaded directly from Gigabyte's website turned down the fan's speeds to about 25%. stock settings before update was around 50%.
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