ASUS HD6870 Crossfire EXCLUSIVE Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS HD6870 Crossfire Review


As mentioned in todays other review of the HD6870 it is intended as a replacement for the HD5830, although with increased performance using less silicon.

With an expected retail price of around £200 we just couldn't resist taking the ASUS version for a test drive. A 15MHz overclock on the core doesn't sound a lot, but it might just be enough to tip it over the edge.

For those of you who've followed us for a while you'll know how much we love getting the maximum performance possible for the lowest relative outlay. With the 5 series of ATI Radeon cards the deal was very similar as the one we saw with the 4 series, namely that two mid-range cards in Crossfire can outperform a similarly priced high-end card. With the 5 and 4 series that both consisted of the 5770 and 4770 respectively in Crossfire.

Thanks to the bizarre decision to keep the saming numbers but adjust where they fit in the scheme of things, it means that the closest we can get to it with the 6 series is two HD6870s in Crossfire. Naturally we couldn't wait to see if the trend has continued.

Technical Specifications

The ASUS version of the HD6870 is almost identical to the reference one except for a small 15MHz boost on the core speed.

Transistors1.7 Billion
Core Clock915 MHz
Stream Processors1120
Performance2.0 TFLOPs
Texture Units56
Texture Fillrate50.4 GTexel/s
Memory TypeGDDR5
Memory Clock1050 MHz
Memory Bandwidth134.4 Gbps
Idle Power Draw19w
Release Data22 October 2010

Let's have a look at the pictures.

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Most Recent Comments

22-10-2010, 05:54:43

You always amaze me with how quick you jump on these reviews and have them out.Quote

22-10-2010, 06:00:59

That's why we all love OC3DQuote

22-10-2010, 07:30:39

Great review and let’s hope the 6900 series delivers the full potential of these cards!Quote

22-10-2010, 07:42:30

Was hoping for more bang than that but as the same as the 5xxx once the drivers get sorted out I imagine we will see a big jump in improvement so cant wait for that. Would love to see these OC'd to there limit if there as stable as tom said with out even turning up the voltage.

Also glad to see these push the 460 prices down Quote

22-10-2010, 08:59:23

Seems that AMD have caught the infection from Nvidia and are selling us the same cards from their last generation with a bit of small improvements which gives me an idea of their marketing team (just call it a new name 6870 and everybody will think its super and it will sell like hot chocolate)


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