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XFX HD6850 CrossFireX review

ShaderToyMark is an OpenGL benchmark, developed with GeeXLab, and focused on pixel shaders only.  ShaderToyMark? is a WebGL tool for testing GLSL shaders. Shadertoy utilises several of these shaders running at the same time in the same 3D window.

The contributors of Shader Toy are all famous demomakers and their shaders are real gems. It’s just amazing to see what can clever people do with some sin/cos and other math tricks. ShaderToyMark can be seen as a modest tribute to their fantastic and sometime unreal work.

ShaderToyMark startup options

Unfortunately Shadertoy doesn’t work properly in Crossfire or Sli, meaning we need to use single card statistics. The findings are close, the XFX HD6850 is only 9 points behind the reference clocked GTX460.

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  • Roger

    These look the nicest boards, love that cooler design. performance is great from the 6850. seems to be the better overclocker of the two series.

  • Stef

    Wow nvidia just got owned again. although the gtx460 is still competitive, I like these better, power consumption rocks.

  • Tri Color

    Excellent value for money, see it on Scan for 133.

  • Tim

    HD6850 seems the massively scalable of the two, those overclocks are fantastic.

  • Harry

    I ilke the way they have copied the look of the black edition 4GB 5970.

  • Raymond Tren

    These look beautiful. what a classy looking design.

  • Terrid Fayid

    What a great price, less than two 5770s for 30% moer performance.

  • Harris

    Great cards, shame about the lack of OC tool, I wonder will sapphire make this available on their site for everyone to use?

  • Trev

    Great article, very informative

  • Apple ipads suck

    this new range is impressive. good power consumption

  • Thomas

    Looking forward to the high end cards if this is a sign !

  • Kahan

    cant wait to see the 6970 next year

  • Lux

    the price is brilliant, crossfirex here I come. any ideas who has them to buy ?

  • CoqTail

    A nice card indeed. At the moment I have a HD4870, but I’m thinking of upgrading. The price of the GTX460 also lowered quit significantly to like 140 EUR, so I’m still in doubt. HD6850 is slightly above that price, but I have a Crosshair 4 Formula. It would be nice to run Crossfire like in the review.

    @ Zardon
    btw Zardon, is your first name ‘Allan’? Since I think I’ve seen you before on another website 😛

  • Akash

    XFX cards have been fixed with 1120 cores instead of 960 which is stated which means that these results are unacceptable and you wont get this perforamce out of the 6850s. WTF

  • These are 960. GPUz screenshot in the review.

  • Akash

    oh yeah rofl sorry. that means the 6850 cf and 460 sli are in dead heat wow!

  • JC

    Great review guys. The scalling is awesome.

  • Akash

    I did the calcutlations and the stock 460 sli beats the 6850 cf by 4.8% and metro and mafia which the 6850s beat the 460s support physx which makes it more complicated favorign teh 460s. The 460s are better performers but the 6850s are still very competetive and eats less power and new drivers would increase performance so…. its still a war. Great review

  • Akash

    not including 3dmark vantage bcse its not a game and it fluctautes

  • Akash

    sry 4.8 frames not 4.8 % lol