SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6850 VS PALIT GEFORCE GTX 460 SONIC
"Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 uses Barts GPU at 775Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4000Mhz. Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 960 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 is reviewed against it's Nvidia rival Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic so here are some Specifications. The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic uses GF104 GPU at 700Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 3600Mhz. The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 336 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. Software used for testing was 3dmark 2006, 3dmark Vantage, 3dmark 11, Call of Duty Black Ops, Crysis Warhead and Hawk 2."
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6850 FEATURES
AMD HD3D Technology
"Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software."
ATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology
"Triple or Quadruple gaming power withATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology.ATI CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system."
ATI Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)
"Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)."
Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
"GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth."
"The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card."
"Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz."
"HDMI 1.4a builds on previous generations of HDMI connectivity with support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC."
"Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution of 2560 x 1600 the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors."
Microsoft DirectX 11
"Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery with SAPPHIRE graphics cards supporting DirectX®11. New features in DirectX®11 such as Hardware Tesselation, HDR Texture Compression, Multi-threading support and DirectCompute bring lifelike gaming and an experience never possible on a PC before."
OpenGL 3.1 and 3.2
"Supports the latest OpenGL API (Application Programming Interface) to accelerate performance of applications outside of DirectX®, i.e. Adobe Autodesk 2D/3D graphic design."
Shader Model 5.0
"Supports Shader Model 5.0 feature set including VTF (Vertex Texture Fetch) which is a key feature used extensively in many of the games that ship today. Without support for this feature the game will fall back to a lesser shader path resulting in the loss of cool, lifelike effects made possible by Shader Model 5.0."
ATI Catalyst Control Center
"The ATI Catalyst Control Center software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your Sapphire ATI Radeon based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC."
Accelerated Video Transcoding
"Massively parallel architecture and support for common shader transcoding instructions accelerates video encoding / transcoding way beyond what was possible with the CPU only."
PALIT GEFORCE GTX 460 SONIC FEATURES
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic has it's work cut out facing the might of Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme so prepare yourself for an extreme battle for Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic. Here is why even if Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic gets close to Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme it will be considered a victory. For example Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic is the underdog because it has 4% slower Clock Speed, 10% slower Memory Speed and 77% less Shader Processors. However it's not all one way because Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic has excellent Tessellation Performance, Cuda and PhysX."
"Built from the ground up for DirectX 11, Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic, the overclocking edition, delivers the ultimate next generation gaming experience. Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic packs highly detailed visuals into your games without sacrificing high frame rates. And with Nvidia 3D Vision, PhysX, and Cuda technologies, Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic powers all the incredibly realistic effects that your games can throw its way."
"Support for HDMI output enables sending both high-definition video and audio signals to an HDTV via a single cable."
"HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, a copy protection scheme to eliminate the possibility of intercepting digital data midstream between the source to the display."
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic uses a DirectX 11 GPU with Shader Model 5.0 support designed for ultra high performance in the new API's key graphics feature, GPU accelerated tessellation."
"Takes full advantage of Windows 7 with Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic. Windows 7 is the next generation operating system that will mark a dramatic improvement in the way the OS takes advantage of the graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide a more compelling user experience."
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic has support for Nvidia 3D Vision, bringing a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D experience to the PC. A combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software, 3D Vision transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D."
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic has support for the Industry leading Nvidia SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling for the world's premier gaming solution."
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic with Cuda technology unlocks the power of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing, and more, delivering incredible performance improvements over traditional CPUs."
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic has full support for Nvidia PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce."
"The Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic with excellent quality and pre overclocked speed, Palit Sonic Overclocking Edition provides the best C/P ratio while offering superior performance at reasonable price."
SAPPHIRE RADEON AND PALIT GEFORCE KEY FEATURES
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6850 VS PALIT GEFORCE GTX 460