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GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 820MHz (Std. 775MHz)
  • 2 x DVI DVI 1 x HDMI HDMI 1 x DisplayPort DisplayPort
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16

Pros:

Reasonably fast
Good cooling
Quiet
Efficient
Works well in CrossfireX
Able to flash BIOS to MSI 6850 OC Platinum Edition, for stock clocks of 860 core/1100 memory (4.4 effective)

Cons:

No voltage control
Cheap VRM's
Doesn't overclock as well as some other cards

Other Thoughts:

In an effort to keep prices down, Gigabyte cut corners and used cheaper VRM's on this card. The result is that the voltage cannot be changed through software. To change the voltage, you would have to do a hardware mod, and even then, I wouldn't trust these VRM's with extra voltage as they will probably burn out sooner rather than later.

This being the case, the non-OC version of this card actually will probably overclock better than the OC version, especially if you put a good cooler on the non-OC version. This seems a little counter-intuitive.

That being said, after flashing to BIOS to MSI 6850 OC PE, I was able to get my card to 900 core / 1200 memory (4.8 effective) with temperatures never rising above 60º C during benchmarking. Decent, but I expected better, especially after paying extra for the "OC" version.

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  • Douglas B.
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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