Sapphire has just announced a 2GB version of the HD 6850 graphics card. This mid-range GPU from AMD gets a boost in the memory department, which will help improve the frame rates at high resolutions. Details on pricing are still unknown, but I wouldn’t expect it to be more than Rs.500 over the standard 1GB version.
More RAM for high-res gaming
In terms of specifications, the new 2GB variant is exactly the same as the standard version. The core is clocked at 775MHz and packs in 960 shader modules or Stream Processors. The memory GDDR5 memory has an effective speed of 4000MHz and runs on a 256-bit memory bus. Connectivity includes a single link DVI-D port, dual-link DVI port, DisplayPort and HDMI v1.4a. Using two of the DVI/HDMI outputs as well as the DisplayPort output enables this card to support three monitors in Eyefinity (SLS) mode, with a suitable DisplayPort monitor or active adapter. Their custom cooler also ensures that there is a good margin for performance tuning (overclocking) by enthusiast users. A new overclocking tool – TriXX – is now available for tweaking the performance of these cards. It also supports DX11, Stereoscopic 3D and 7.1 channel high bit-rate audio support.
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