Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Vapor-X
The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Vapor-X is packed into a black-and-blue box with lots of information on its sides.
The country of origin, warranty and accessories are exactly the same as those of the previous card.
However, the retail price of the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Vapor-X is $40 lower at $169.
The graphics card itself looks different, even though is similar to its cousin in dimensions (238 x 98 x 37 millimeters). It's got the same denim-colored PCB and a plastic cooler casing covering its face side.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Vapor-X is equipped with the same selection of outputs as the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 DiRT 3 Edition:
It’s got a MIO connector and two 6-pin power plugs as well.
The PCB is different, though. First off, the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Vapor-X features a 10-phase power system.
Sapphire doesn’t spare rapturous epithets here, drawing our attention to the use of high-quality components like second-generation Black Diamond chokes.
The power system is rather too complicated for a product of this class. Loads are going to be much lower than with the Radeon HD 6970, for example. Did they do that to ensure a longer service life? Possibly, but are there any gamers who run the same graphics cards for over 2 years? Stability at high frequencies? That’s possible, too, but the reference power system might be just as good at that. Again, graphics cards like this do not have high power requirements by today’s standards.