ASUS vs Sapphire vs PowerColor - AMD Radeon HD 6850 face-off

HEXUS: We took an in-depth look at AMD's Radeon HD 6850 graphics card on October 22 and concluded that it was a good buy for £150. Priced up against the potent GeForce GTX 460 1GB card from NVIDIA, the Radeon HD 6850 held its own in benchmarks and matched the GeForce's feature-set.

With NVIDIA setting conservative frequencies for the vanilla GTX 460, the company's add-in card (AIC) partners have released a number of custom-designed cards with higher clocks: the excellent Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB SOC being very much a case in point.

AMD's partners have now begun releasing pre-overclocked, custom-cooled HD 6850s. We've got a three-way face-off between Sapphire, PowerColor and ASUS - all of whom interpret Radeon HD 6850 cooling differently.

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