HIS Radeon 6850 & 6870 Review

What's New?

HIS Radeon 68x0 Series Review

What's New?

Obviously it would be very disappointing if this was like an nVidia rebrand in which the underlying architecture was identical but with a different sticker.

Thankfully ATI have at least consolidated some old features and given us one big new one.

Firstly, consolidation. According to ATI the new silicon gives improved performance over the HD5850 whilst using 25% less silicon. At the business end even the models have have on test now support Eyefinity6, rather than having specific models designated as Eyefinity6 compatible.

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Now to the new feature.

Since nVidia first brought 3D to the masses with their earlier hardware we've been anticipating a response from ATI. Given that 3D is largely a monitor and glasses solution with some driver trickery there was nothing particular keeping ATI from adding it as a feature to the Catalysts but that never occured.

Now with the latest generation of Radeons they are ready to roll out 3D across their hardware range and it's something we definitely can't wait to sink our teeth into.

3D has been rapidly taken on board by most of the major players with the Film Industry the primary user, but also the PS3 has compatibility along with 3D Blu-Ray and of course gaming following the nVidia technological push.

With ATI finally supporting it, and therefore all desktop PCs capable of displaying 3D content, we are certain it wont be long before it is accepted in the same way High-Definition content is now.

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21-10-2010, 22:55:47

tinytomlogan
The wait is over, we finally bring you the 6850 AND the 6870 review!

Continue Reading

22-10-2010, 05:29:23

F-alienware
Lovely review as always. Cheers VB & staff who got this to us lovely and early

Gotta say I do like the look of them. Not these ones in particular as HIS always tended to look a bit 'far east' if you know what I mean (in looks) but hey, what's on the inside that counts. Also XFX have theirs ready, released today.

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22-10-2010, 08:47:50

steve30x
Why does the 6850 get a better cooler?

22-10-2010, 08:53:24

Heebs
Curious to know your thoughts on the 6870 vs the 460, seeing as they are the same price point.

22-10-2010, 09:01:58

F-alienware
Well if what has been said is accurate (that they're like a 5830) then the 460 still has the edge.

22-10-2010, 09:28:12

Heebs
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Well if what has been said is accurate (that they're like a 5830) then the 460 still has the edge.
To be honest the performance "increase" is pretty disappointing. I figured the 6000 series would be a serious step up from the 5000 series. Well I guess that just makes me even happier I got a 460.

22-10-2010, 09:40:34

tinytomlogan
In game the 6870 is a cracker and will be a wicked little fight, the AMD does come in a little more expensive and wont give you the same performance boosts when overclocked.

22-10-2010, 22:40:10

AMDFTW
they are on sale now,well the saphires are

22-10-2010, 23:41:18

Zeals
Quote:
Originally Posted by Heebs View Post

To be honest the performance "increase" is pretty disappointing. I figured the 6000 series would be a serious step up from the 5000 series. Well I guess that just makes me even happier I got a 460.
Well it just came out, let the drivers mature a bit, and I assume AMD will allow people to get a higher overclock with newer drives if people can just drag settings to full and have a stable system. Then maybe the 6850 will be better than the 460, only time will tell.

23-10-2010, 09:51:41

RSC08
Have you checked the 6850 sample to see if it had 960 shaders or 1120? Because there are a lot (12 sites so far) that got 6850 samples with 1120 unified shaders...

21-11-2010, 10:58:09

murphy7801
6970 less power than a 5970 I hope not mine was sh!t and broke after a week.
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