Tuesday, 16 November 2010 11:37

Sapphire HD 6870 tested

Written by Sanjin Rados
thumb

Review: Overclockable to 1GHz+, thanks to TriXX

AMD recently announced the HD 6000 graphics series, which currently has two models – HD 6850 and HD 6870. Just like the previous AMD graphics cards, higher numbers mean faster cards but cross-gen comparisons have gotten a bit more complicated. Namely, one would say that HD 6870 is the new and improved version of HD 5870, but one would be wrong as the HD 6870 is slower than HD 5870 but faster than HD 5850.

Today, our guest is Sapphire’s HD 6870, a card based on reference design.

6870-1

HD 6870 is AMD’s second in line DirectX 11 architecture codenamed Northern Islands. The graphics chip used on HD 6870 and HD 6850 is branded Barts and is made in 40nm. Barts is a direct result of AMD’s HD 5800 optimization efforts and it comes in two versions – Barts XT (HD6870) with 1120 shaders and Barts PRO (HD6850) with 960 shaders. The fine tuned architecture now provides better performance per watt and mm2 compared to the previous, Evergreen generation.

Sapphire HD 6870 will cost you about €204, here. Judging by the price and performance, Sapphire HD 6870 already sounds like a nice deal especially for those on the prowl for a decent gaming card. Below you see GPUZ snapshot confirming the card’s reference clock. You can find plenty of other info as well, such as compute power of 2.0 TFLOPs.

gpuz_6870_sapph

 

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »
(Page 1 of 8)
Last modified on Thursday, 02 December 2010 08:49
blog comments powered by Disqus

Comments  

 
+1 #1 AndromedaB 2010-11-16 12:04
took a while...
 
 
+1 #2 Blue Fear 2010-11-16 16:26
I purchased this exact one

I got mine to 930 core on auto using CCC; until I get my new rig put together I'll try out TriXX.
 
 
-12 #3 droid_hunter 2010-11-16 17:39
Hmmm...Why not name it Radeon 5860?
 
 
+6 #4 yasin 2010-11-16 21:10
Hmmm...Because its not the Radeon 5860.d'oh.
 
 
+2 #5 thaad 2010-11-16 22:49
Quoting droid_hunter:
Hmmm...Why not name it Radeon 5860?


whatever it's named. the most important is bang for buck & HD6870 awesome.
 

To be able to post comments please log-in with Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments