"ASUS has shown that the Barts GPU is very good choice for overclocking, which will reduce the little difference in performance compared to the Radeon HD5800 series cards. NVIDIA has just begun to receive positive reviews for the GeForce GTX460 series cards, which was crowned as "king of $200 class." However, the throne is certainly taken by Radeon HD6800 models, and our favorite, for now, certainly is ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU."
“As you can see from the results the Radeon HD6850 is faster than the current fastest GTX 460 with 1GB of memory, although we do not believe that this was the target to achieve, but rather is a weaker model, with 192-bit memory interface and 768MB of graphics memory. However, in lower resolutions (Nvidia "inclined") play Far Cry 2 and Unigine benchmark program that tests the power of the tessellation, the Radeon HD6850 has claimed a clear victory, even over the pre-overclocked GeForce GTX460cards.”
“At the last minute we got info that the ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU should cost about €185. With that price this model is the best buy, and gets our recommendation and the Editor's Choice Award, and in case you do not have 460 or AMD ATI HD 5850, AsusEAH6850 DirectCU once again is the best choice.”
“The new series has brought changes, so they increased performance, faster built-in second-generation DirectX 11 control and also improved the quality of the picture. It is characterised by multimedia support for hardware HD video processing UVD3, AMD APP and BluRay 3D. Innovation that will surely delight gamers is the HD3D technology stereoscopic 3D Gaming world. In addition they support DirectX 9, 10 and 11 controls, and gamers will beable to enjoy the full quality in the games that will arrive in the next year.”
With the aggressive price positioning of Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870, which is influenced also by the 25% smaller size of the GPU crystal (lower production costs than HD 5850), as well as the 30% performance improvement over GTX 460, AMD seems tohave done their job well.
"The new cards make use of the already gained market positions and now expand them,increasing the options of choice for the users."
“In tests HD6850 did not show that much muscle – not that we expected more, but from the reviews leaking out across the net you could draw different opinions. The Anandtech review published today brings a sober note, and after trying one of the new cards (the second one will be tested soon) we can say that AMD is definitely back in the game in the under 400 BGN class, but not with a super convincing lead. On the contrary, the card gives in to the GTX460 in some of the tested games and in almost all “standard” tests, when we used a normal testing system (as we have not used a faster system than the quoted above, we cannot determine where the differences from other reviews comefrom).”
“The conclusion: HD 6850 is everything else, but NOT a model suitable for upgrade of a modern DX11 solutions. But if you are still keeping an ageing DX10 or GOD FORBID a DX9, the HD 6850 is indeed a very attractive offer, balancing perfectly on the eternal“price/performance” razor edge.”
“The Radeon HD 6800 is the second generation of AMD graphic cards with DirectX 11 support. The cards offer over 30% improvement in performance over the competitionproducts in their class, with even faster tessellation and realistic game experience.”
“Generally speaking the Radeon HD 6800 are very good products.”