Tuesday, 19 October 2010 13:44

Radeon HD 6870 has 151W TDP

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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2 TFlops, 19W idle, 1120 stream Processors
Let us give you some more details on the soon-to-launch Radeon HD 6870 card. We already talked about the 900MHz core clock speed and 1120 stream processors as well as 1GB GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit bus and 4200 MHz memory clock.

We can tell you that the TDP is 151W at load and 19W at idle. The card still needs two dual 6-pin power connectors as it’s just over the magical 150W mark. AMD wanted to be sure that these cards will work on lousier power supplies and didn’t want to take any risks.

The Radeon HD 6870 offers HDMI output as well as two mini DisplayPorts capable of supporting 1.2 devices and two DVIs. The card is dual slot and will end up with some retail partner sticker.

The card has 32ROPs and it's capable of 2.0 TFLOPs.
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-48 #1 Tr0y 2010-10-19 14:46
I don't get the point of this 6870. Even AMD/ATI compares it - internally - with the 5850.

Same performance, same wattage, same price.

Why would anyone want to update?
 
 
+33 #2 shandman 2010-10-19 15:04
Quoting Tr0y:
I don't get the point of this 6870. Even AMD/ATI compares it - internally - with the 5850.

Same performance, same wattage, same price.

Why would anyone want to update?


First of all, it is a refreshed 5770...that has 5850 (or better) performance. Second, It's (supposedly) going to costs less (~$225) . The lowest price 5850 on Newegg (excluding the crazy MSI 5850 under $200 rebate deal) are $240.

TLDR: You get a refreshed 5770 that performs on par or better than a 5850 and costs cheaper.
 
 
+31 #3 shandman 2010-10-19 15:07
Quoting Tr0y:
Why would anyone want to update?


Also, I don't think this card is for people with 5850s or 5870s. it's for people with older, less performing cards or people looking for a good ~$200 mid range.

The 58xx crowd will be looking at the 69xx cards for a possible upgrade (or not).
 
 
+9 #4 Blue Fear 2010-10-19 15:07
Quoting shandman:
Quoting Tr0y:
I don't get the point of this 6870. Even AMD/ATI compares it - internally - with the 5850.

Same performance, same wattage, same price.

Why would anyone want to update?


First of all, it is a refreshed 5770...that has 5850 (or better) performance. Second, It's (supposedly) going to costs less (~$225) . The lowest price 5850 on Newegg (excluding the crazy MSI 5850 under $200 rebate deal) are $240.

TLDR: You get a refreshed 5770 that performs on par or better than a 5850 and costs cheaper.


If I can't get Cayman I'll go for 2 6870s; makes me glad I waited, I'm curious about the OC potential
 
 
-39 #5 AndreiD 2010-10-19 15:13
So it has 2 power connectors because of 1 watt? I really don't think AMD-ATI's engineers are that obtuse.
Where are you getting these numbers from?
 
 
-26 #6 Tr0y 2010-10-19 15:23
Quoting shandman:
TLDR: You get a refreshed 5770 that performs on par or better than a 5850 and costs cheaper.



Marketing bla bla bla.

I don't care if it's a refreshed 5770 or a refreshed microwave oven.

All I care for is
a) price
b) performance/wattage
 
 
-44 #7 Tr0y 2010-10-19 15:26
Quoting AndreiD:
So it has 2 power connectors because of 1 watt? I really don't think AMD-ATI's engineers are that obtuse.


Hmmm ... so that most probably means more than 150 TDP. Interesting.

So it's about the same performance than 5850 - but consumes more power?!?!

Again: Who will buy this?
 
 
+18 #8 shandman 2010-10-19 15:39
Quoting Tr0y:
All I care for is
a) price
b) performance/wattage


But...but I gave you both speculative price (~$225) and performance (better than 5850, touches lower 5870 performance with 151 watts at max).

If all that is true than it's a great deal.

Just got to wait until Friday to see what's real...
 
 
+21 #9 darkpulse 2010-10-19 15:39
well there are some morons who don't recognize the importance of spending on a good PSU, so if they start using 6870 it might end up crashing or even damaging the components and those morons will start to complain. thats what fudo said indirectly. :D
 
 
+17 #10 ezodagrom 2010-10-19 15:46
Quoting AndreiD:
So it has 2 power connectors because of 1 watt? I really don't think AMD-ATI's engineers are that obtuse.
Where are you getting these numbers from?


The HD5850 TDP is also 151W though, and it also needs 2 power connectors.
 

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