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XFX Radeon 6850 Black Edition (Dual Fans) Review

by Stuart Davidson - 3rd December 2010
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XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition Graphics Card Review

3D Blu-Ray Playback

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 3D is encoded in High Definition 1080p format using MPEG4 AVC compression and comes on a dual layer (50GB) disc. The aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is used with letterbox bars at the top and bottom of the 16:9 image. This portion of the movie has an average video bitrate of around 45MBPS and regularly peaks above this making it one of the most demanding Blu-Rays on the market. For comparison, a movie such as Casino Royale has a bitrate of 24MBPS.

Benchmark Results

3D Blu-Ray playback is a relatively simple affair on NVIDIA and ATI hardware, just install the latest drivers, tweak the display settings to the preferred level and then run PowerDVD 10 which features support for Blu-Ray 3D and GPU acceleration for lower CPU usage.

With the GPU acceleration in place the CPU usage statistic is on average less than 2% for Blu-Ray 3D hitting a maximum of 3.8% on our 460, 1% behind the Radeon. Essentially the overall experience when watching Blu-Ray 3D is going to be down to the screen used and both our Zalman Trimon (AMD) and the Asus VG236H (Nvidia) produced an excellent level of image quality in this test.

For further information on Blu-Ray 3D playback see our launch article here.

Information on the Zalman Trimon can be found HERE and HERE. For the ASUS VG236H this is the place to go.

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