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PowerColor SCS3 AX6850 1GBD5-S3DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Item #: 9B-14-131-442  |  Mfr. Part #: AX6850 1GBD5-S3DH  |  UNSPSC: 43201401
  • 960 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16

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    Top Favorable Review

    awesome card

    SILENT! powerful - win experience went from 6.9 (9800 gt) to 7.7 Read more
    — david o. 6/21/2011

    Top Critical Review

    Does not come with game

    The video card did not have Dirt 3 bundled with it. On the manufacturers website it even states that it is bundled with Dirt 3. Heck, it is even called the "Dirt 3" edition. Newegg support was not very helpful at all. They gave me a phone number ... Read more
    — William E. 6/16/2011

    Quick Info


    • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
    • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

    Play hard at absolute quietness with the PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 designed with a passive cooling solution. While running passively, the PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 maintains the high performed specifications with core engine of 775MHz and 1000MHz memory speed delivering extreme gaming power.

    The PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 features an effective passive L-shaped heatsink consisting of 62 pieces of fins which enlarge the heat dissipation surface areas. Excessive heat can easily be dissipated through 5 high performance heatpipes; furthermore, it’s equipped with a cooling plate which fully covers the memory and PCB, ensuring every key component stays cool in a quite setting. Also, the card utilizes “Gold Power Kit” which is composed of select components: Shielded Alloy Choke, solid capacitor and 3+1 phase power design, delivering stable and efficient overclocking entertaining experience.

    PowerColor SCS3 HD6850 supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 11 technology and HD3D technology, providing intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects. It’s also ready for AMD Eyefinity technology to maximize your field of view across multiple displays and enable a vivid gaming experience like never before.

    • newegg AMD Eyefinity Technology with DisplayPort 1.2 Supporting multiple independent display outputs simultaneously, AMD Eyefinity technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience. The new display interface DisplayPort 1.2 boasts features such as 2560x1600 max resolution per display, 21.6 Gbps bandwidth, multi-stream transport and high bit-rate audio, enabling flexible multi-display configurations.
    • newegg Microsoft DirectX 11 The very latest in high-speed, high-fidelity gaming and computing, Microsoft DirectX 11 featuring new technologies like Compute Shaders, Direct2D, Multithreaded Rendering and Tessellation enables not just more visually stunning games, but significant performance improvements in some of your favorite websites and everyday applications.
    • newegg Image Quality Enhancement Technology The AMD Redeon HD 6800 Series GPU refines texture filtering and anti-aliasing algorithms to enhance image quality, offering features including up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes, adaptive anti-aliasing, morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA), 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering and 128-bit floating point HDR rendering.
    • newegg AMD App Acceleration With AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology and third-generation UVD (Unified Video Decoder) dedicated video playback accelerator, enjoy beautifully rich and clear video playback when streaming from the web. Take in your favorite movies in stunning, stutter-free HD quality. Run multiple applications smoothly at maximum speed. Enjoy lightning fast game play and realistic physics effects with enhanced Video Quality features such as advanced post-processing and scaling, dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction, and independent video gamma control.
    • newegg AMD HD3D Technology AMD HD3D Technology is supported by an advanced and open ecosystem that, in conjunction with specific AMD hardware and software technologies, enables stereoscopic 3D support in games, movies and/or photos.
    • newegg AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform, enabling two or more discrete graphics processors to work together for boosted system performance and a breakthrough gaming experience.


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    4 out of 5 eggs Based on 11 Reviews

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    • Milan B.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Good card, but know what you're getting

    Pros: This is the most powerful passively-cooled graphics card in the world as of this writing. If you have one of those newer cases with a fan on the side panel it should work quite well. If not you can attach a ultra-low-speed 120mm or 140mm fan (~500rpm) and you should be OK. A pair of 80mm fans would probably work too.

    Cons: No mounting holes or fan connectors for mounting an aftermarket fan. This is an issue because I was getting temperatures of 60°C when the thing was just idling. Also, the card is huge by itself and by adding an extra fan there isn't much room left for other add-in cards.

    Bottom Line: This card would be great if PowerColor had just stated in its literature that it runs hot, and provided some mounting holes and fan connectors so that the customer can add an extra fan or two if needed. With a quiet low-speed fan attached it has a fantastic performance-to-noise ratio.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Christopher S.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Changed my opinion...

    Pros: good card

    Cons: So I bought this back in Nov 2011 and for the life of me could not get it to work in my box (using this mb and this psu Both the mb and psu can push my dual 8800 gtx cards with no problem. But upon plugging this card into the PCIE port 1, I constantly get "display driver failed to respond". I tried for several days to figure it out and finally just bagged it and threw my old cards back in. I ended up RMA'ing the first card and the second card did the exact same thing - so clearly a problem with my box (as Hugo from PC Power/Cooling pointed in my initial review).

    I ended up having to move the card to the second PCI E slot and it seems to be working now. It probably helps that there was several driver updates between Nov 2011 and March 2012.

    So if anyone has problems, try both your PCI E card slots - not sure if I had tried this back in November or not

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    • Joseph G.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Good Card

    Pros: Quiet! No fans at all so if quiet is what you want this is a good way to go.

    Cons: Need a case with good airflow. In the smilodon case i had this card was way too hot, switched to an antec 300 and problem solved.

    Bottom Line: As far as I know there are no more powerful cards that are passively cooled.

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    • Christopher S.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Seems awesome but not so much

    Pros: Silent, multiple outputs is great - even worked with my iMac (late 2009) display port.

    Cons: Well, I was able to game on this thing for about 2 days and low and behold I'm getting "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered". I ended up RMAing the first card back to PowerColor (too late to return to newegg after a month) but my new card STILL has the same problem.

    At this point my guess would be its something wrong with my box - motherboard/ram/hardrive/power supply/temps. After testing the RAM (with MEMTEST) and hard drive, both were OK. My motherboard is about 10 months old and has no problems that I can tell. My temperatures are all fine, everything is around 50C. Next guess would be the power supply which doesn't make sense though because it has no problem supporting my 2 old 8800 GTX cards (needing 4 6-pin connectors) under full load. This thing only requires 1 6 pin.

    Might pick up a better power supply (currently running but for now I'm completely frustrated with it.

    It should just work!

    Manufacturer Responses:

    "My motherboard is about 10 months old and has no problems that I can tell" You're not really going to be able to visually look at a motherboard (unless it does have a visual flaw such as a blown capacitor) and determine whether it's bad or not. What you described could very well be caused by a motherboard. It's possible that it's developed a flaw that's difficult to isolate. You replaced the card and have tried 2 different ones now, yet you're still having the exact same problem. So you're right in assuming that something else might be what's causing your headaches. If you need further help diagnosing please feel free to contact me at, thanks.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Jason D.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Good refresh

    Pros: -Small design platform which opens it up to all sorts of case options.
    - Runs pretty cool and doesnt draw attention to itself with noise.
    - Big Frame buffer for multiple displays
    - 6 display out

    Cons: -First one arrived DOA sadly, got it swapped out and now all is well.
    - Lack of supplying single active DP adapter.

    Bottom Line: My biggest complaint with these is limitation of actual support monitor outputs before needing the active display adapter(s). At a $100 bucks an adapter, this quickly becomes a $5-600 dollar card with the proper setup in the end. Just wish they could address to handle at least 4 monitors in a stable manor without the added stress on the output controller.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Javier P.

    4 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: * Silent.
    * Offers great performance for the price.

    Cons: * Takes up to three slots. This card may not be for everyone.

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    • Paul D.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Quick and silent!

    Pros: Nice upgrade from my passive HD4850. Framerates in the 40's at 1920x1200 in demanding games like Metro 2033, Crysis, and Mafia II with maxed (or close to maxed) settings. Overclocked to 850/1155 with an undervolted case fan blowing on the card, and temps never exceed 72C. Also a great deal, considering the cost of an Accelero S2 and the pain of retrofitting a large heatsink to a stock card.

    Cons: This thing is BIG, as the pictures show, and also HEAVY. If you transport your computer around, you'll probably want to make sure the card stays secure. It shouldn't have to be said, but good airflow is a must for any passive video card like this. You won't want to cramp this thing in a Micro ATX case without some serious overall cooling.

    Bottom Line: To the negative reviewers below: don't skew the rating of a great piece of hardware because NewEgg initially screws up a description or your video codecs are out of wack.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Mark A.

    5 out of 5 eggs What a great idea!

    Pros: Completely Silent. Combine this with SSD (WOW)

    Cons: Wish they put out a card for a faster GPU

    Bottom Line: Replaced my old 4870 with this 6850. Not a huge increase in performance because of the renaming of ATI GPUs (the 6870 of the 4xxxx series would the 4850).

    I hooooope they release this on the 7000 series cards. I'll scoop one up in a heartbeat.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs GeForce 9600 GT is still better to play 60p HD video

    Pros: Silent and great for gaming.

    Cons: I have Sony digital camera which records video in 1920x1080 60p format. My old GeForce 9600 GT plays it fine without any problem. On the other hand, Radeon, even 6850 glitches playing HD 60p video. I have returned it already.

    Manufacturer Responses:

    This card is much more powerful in every way compared to a 9600GT. If you were having video playback problems then more than likely your video wasn't being optimized by the GPU, which could be due to drivers, or even a video codec problem. Proper removal and re-installation of video drivers is crucial here. Also, playback can be highly dependent on the software used since some software isn't optimized for certain hardware and vice-versa. If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me at, thanks. -Hugo

    5 out of 32 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • david o.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs awesome card

    Pros: SILENT!

    powerful - win experience went from 6.9 (9800 gt) to 7.7

    Cons: huge - takes up 3 slots, but is shorter than my 9800 gt
    didn't come with free game

    Bottom Line: i love this card

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