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PowerColor SCS3 Radeon HD 6850 DirectX 11 AX6850 1GBD5-S3DH 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 775 MHz
  • 2 x DVI (1 Single Link, 1 Dual Link) 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 960 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16

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Play hard at absolute quietness with the PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 designed with a passive cooling solution. While running passively, the PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 maintains the high performed specifications with core engine of 775MHz and 1000MHz memory speed delivering extreme gaming power.

The PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 features an effective passive L-shaped heatsink consisting of 62 pieces of fins which enlarge the heat dissipation surface areas. Excessive heat can easily be dissipated through 5 high performance heatpipes; furthermore, it’s equipped with a cooling plate which fully covers the memory and PCB, ensuring every key component stays cool in a quite setting. Also, the card utilizes “Gold Power Kit” which is composed of select components: Shielded Alloy Choke, solid capacitor and 3+1 phase power design, delivering stable and efficient overclocking entertaining experience.

PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 11 technology and HD3D technology, providing intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects. It’s also ready for AMD Eyefinity technology to maximize your field of view across multiple displays and enable a vivid gaming experience like never before.

  • newegg AMD Eyefinity Technology with DisplayPort 1.2 Supporting multiple independent display outputs simultaneously, AMD Eyefinity technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience. The new display interface DisplayPort 1.2 boasts features such as 2560x1600 max resolution per display, 21.6 Gbps bandwidth, multi-stream transport and high bit-rate audio, enabling flexible multi-display configurations.
  • newegg Microsoft DirectX 11 The very latest in high-speed, high-fidelity gaming and computing, Microsoft DirectX 11 featuring new technologies like Compute Shaders, Direct2D, Multithreaded Rendering and Tessellation enables not just more visually stunning games, but significant performance improvements in some of your favorite websites and everyday applications.
  • newegg Image Quality Enhancement Technology The AMD Redeon HD 6800 Series GPU refines texture filtering and anti-aliasing algorithms to enhance image quality, offering features including up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes, adaptive anti-aliasing, morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA), 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering and 128-bit floating point HDR rendering.
  • newegg AMD App Acceleration With AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology and third-generation UVD (Unified Video Decoder) dedicated video playback accelerator, enjoy beautifully rich and clear video playback when streaming from the web. Take in your favorite movies in stunning, stutter-free HD quality. Run multiple applications smoothly at maximum speed. Enjoy lightning fast game play and realistic physics effects with enhanced Video Quality features such as advanced post-processing and scaling, dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction, and independent video gamma control.
  • newegg AMD HD3D Technology AMD HD3D Technology is supported by an advanced and open ecosystem that, in conjunction with specific AMD hardware and software technologies, enables stereoscopic 3D support in games, movies and/or photos.
  • newegg AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform, enabling two or more discrete graphics processors to work together for boosted system performance and a breakthrough gaming experience.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
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4/ 5
Good card, but know what you're getting

Pros: This is the most powerful passively-cooled graphics card in the world as of this writing. If you have one of those newer cases with a fan on the side panel it should work quite well. If not you can attach a ultra-low-speed 120mm or 140mm fan (~500rpm) and you should be OK. A pair of 80mm fans would probably work too.

Cons: No mounting holes or fan connectors for mounting an aftermarket fan. This is an issue because I was getting temperatures of 60°C when the thing was just idling. Also, the card is huge by itself and by adding an extra fan there isn't much room left for other add-in cards.

Overall Review: This card would be great if PowerColor had just stated in its literature that it runs hot, and provided some mounting holes and fan connectors so that the customer can add an extra fan or two if needed. With a quiet low-speed fan attached it has a fantastic performance-to-noise ratio.

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5/ 5
Good Card

Comments: As far as I know there are no more powerful cards that are passively cooled.

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1/ 5
Seems awesome but not so much
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Manufacturer Response:
"My motherboard is about 10 months old and has no problems that I can tell"

You're not really going to be able to visually look at a motherboard (unless it does have a visual flaw such as a blown capacitor) and determine whether it's bad or not. What you described could very well be caused by a motherboard. It's possible that it's developed a flaw that's difficult to isolate. You replaced the card and have tried 2 different ones now, yet you're still having the exact same problem. So you're right in assuming that something else might be what's causing your headaches. If you need further help diagnosing please feel free to contact me at hugo@powercolor.com, thanks.
4/ 5
Good refresh

Comments: My biggest complaint with these is limitation of actual support monitor outputs before needing the active display adapter(s). At a $100 bucks an adapter, this quickly becomes a $5-600 dollar card with the proper setup in the end. Just wish they could address to handle at least 4 monitors in a stable manor without the added stress on the output controller.

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5/ 5
Quick and silent!

Comments: To the negative reviewers below: don't skew the rating of a great piece of hardware because NewEgg initially screws up a description or your video codecs are out of wack.

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5/ 5
What a great idea!

Comments: Replaced my old 4870 with this 6850. Not a huge increase in performance because of the renaming of ATI GPUs (the 6870 of the 4xxxx series would the 4850).

I hooooope they release this on the 7000 series cards. I'll scoop one up in a heartbeat.

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