The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 comes packaged in a premium high-gloss box of mostly blue and black coloring with accents of copper and gold near the sides. The Radeon HD 6850 and the Sapphire logos are all semi-embossed as well as the feature icons on the back of the box. Inside, the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 is packed within a thick ESD protected packaging. A large warning label is on the ESD bag reminding the user that the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 requires a single six-pin connector to function properly.
The Sapphire HD 6850 has a blue PCB and a black heatsink shroud with accents of silver. This heatsink shroud is highly reflective and sleek looking. Near the center of the card is a 9-bladed fan that blows cool air down on the video card PCB. The chip itself is actively cooled by the heatsink/fan combo but the VRAM and MOSFETs are exposed and do not have a passive cooling solution on top of them.
There is a single six-pin connector in front of the Sapphire HD 6850 while the 4-pin PWM fan connector is visible right across on the opposite side of the power connector. The HD 6800 series features an impressive array of flexible display combinations, including DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a, both found side by side in the rear of the card while a pair of DVI connectors are placed on top of each other. There is only a tiny opening left for hot air to exhaust out of the rear, hopefully this is adequate for the card's thermal properties.
Typical of most video card packages are driver CDs and installation manuals. "Christmas Tree" Sapphire also included an 1.8 meter long HDMI 1.4a cable, a crossfire bridge, a passive d-sub to DVI converter and a 4-pin molex to 6-pin power connector. A small card informing the user of product registration details and a small, reflective Sapphire Technology sticker is also part of the package.