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AFox Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 550 Ti Graphics Cards

Introducing a single-slot Radeon HD 6850 with no supplementary power sockets.

June 10, 2011



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Today we shall review a trio made by AFox, a new player on the graphics card market, whose history is quite interesting. Four years ago, Foxconn, the brand of Hon-Hai, Chinese major vendor, started to lose ground in the graphics card market and decided to recover under a new brand that was to bear a noticeable resemblance to Foxconn. Thus AFox was created — and led by one of the directors of TUL (PowerColor). That company didn't last long and ceased to exist due to internal disagreements in September 2008. Note that AFox hadn't been registered as a brand by that time yet. Some time later, one of the directors of the former AFox gained the support of Hon-Hai, invested, hired staff and launched the new AFox Corporation in 2010 (along with registering the AFox brand).

The new company produces graphics cards at Foxconn's factories and also outsources some to a third-party company — the same that makes 30% of all MSI and Gigabyte graphics cards, by the way.

Specifications

AFox AF6850-1024D5H1

  • GPU: Radeon HD 6850 (Barts)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.1 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 775/775 MHz (standard)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1000 (4000) MHz (standard)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 960
  • Texture units: 48 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 240x100x33 mm
  • Board color: red
  • Output connectors: 2 x DVI, Display Port, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: CrossFire (Hardware)

AFox AF6850-1024D5S1

  • GPU: Radeon HD 6850 (Barts)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.1 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 775/775 MHz (standard)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1000 (4000) MHz (standard)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 960
  • Texture units: 48 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 220x100x16 mm
  • Board color: red
  • Output connectors: DVI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: CrossFire (Hardware)

AFox AF550-1024D5H1

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 550 Ti (GF116)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 900/1800 MHz (standard)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1050 (4200) MHz (the standard is 1025 (4100) MHz)
  • Memory bus: 192-bit
  • Stream processors: 192
  • Texture units: 32 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 24
  • Dimensions: 200x100x33 mm
  • Board color: dark brown
  • Output connectors: DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Design

Comparison with the reference design, front view

AFox AF6850-1024D5H1 Reference AMD Radeon HD 6850

AFox AF6850-1024D5S1 Reference AMD Radeon HD 6850

AFox AF550-1024D5H1 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Comparison with the reference design, rear view

AFox AF6850-1024D5H1 Reference AMD Radeon HD 6850

AFox AF6850-1024D5S1 Reference AMD Radeon HD 6850

AFox AF550-1024D5H1 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

No need to say that all three are custom products. Let's focus on AF6850-1024D5S1. This is the world-first single-slot Radeon HD 6850 that requires no supplementary power. This quite unique design has been made possible by the 2.0 specs with the slot power consumption threshold of 300W. As you probably know, HD 6850 can consume up to 130W, so it should work fine with motherboards supporting the 2.0 specifications. And indeed it does. Obviously, you shouldn't install such a card onto an older, pre-2.0 motherboard with the slot power consumption threshold of just 75W.

The remaining two graphics cards have one supplementary power socket each.

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz max. digital (DVI) resolution
  • 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz max. analog (VGA) resolution

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