Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu

Introduction

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU

Introduction

 

So it has been a number of months since the release of the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870. While known for being strong condenders for affordable gaming applications, the product must also be able to stand the test of time. With new competition from nVidia with their GeForce GTX 560 Ti range, any enhancements over the reference 6870 is welcomed in order to remain in check. There are a handful of pre-overclocked cards available today however this time we will be taking a long hard look at the Radeon EAH6870 DirectCu.

Without wasting any further time here is an overview of today's test item.

ManufacturerATI
Asus
ModelRadeon HD 6870                    
Radeon EAH 6870 DirectCu           
Stream Processors
11201120
Memory1024MB
1024MB
Memory Interface

256bit

256bit

Core Frequency
900MHz
915MHz
Memory Frequency

4200MHz

4200MHz

RRP

£180

£200


Perhaps on face value it seems as though the £20 premium doesn't offer much. However if you turn over it will all begin to make sense.

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Most Recent Comments

28-01-2011, 04:10:24

tinytomlogan
Asus are back with a midrange champion for the enthusiasts, how does it perform in the OC3D labs?

Continue Reading

28-01-2011, 04:30:55

Zeals
No comparisons with the GTX 560 Ti? It's right in that price range.

28-01-2011, 04:34:02

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeals View Post

No comparisons with the GTX 560 Ti? It's right in that price range.
Mul compared to the 460 as that is what he has tested on his system in the past. We are all aware that the 560 is better than the 6870 though

28-01-2011, 05:01:08

Mul.
That's right, the GTX 460 is the only other graphics card that has been permenently stationed on my testbed as of late.

I had thought about the 560 Ti, but without trying it I could not add it to my graphs. What you will see however is that the 560 will match and probably outpace the 6870, given that it has 48 more stream processors (over the 460), higher core/memory clocks and the scope to overclock further.

I maintain that the 6870 DirectCu is a nice enough product however it would need a RRP around the 175-180 mark to really make sense.

28-01-2011, 06:20:06

silenthill
The GF 560 makes this card look like a baby considering you are paying the same money, I think the GF 500 series has made anything coming out of AMD look like a baby even if it comes from a big name like ASUS and AMD have to pull something out quickly or reduce there prices seriously or face another period of losses and I really think it is ironic that NVIDIA can turn the tables around in just a few months and just shows us how unpredictable the pc component market has become because a lot of people were predicting that NVIDIA was going down a few months earlier when the 470 & 480 came out.

02-02-2011, 12:54:35

SW2011
hey is it possible to run this in crossfire with a HD 6850?

Sorry im new to this, about to build my own!

26-02-2011, 16:57:34

Xplosiv
woops, sorry i dont think it is

P.S 6850's in crossfire churn out GTX580 performance at high resolutions
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