Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu


Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU


Testing complete, what do we think?

As a product, it is without doubt a very robust item. Built from the ground up with quality in mind, you can be sure that your Asus HD 6870 DirectCu will serve you well. However there are problems.

On the whole the Asus HD 6870 performs noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 460. This in itself isn't a bad thing as the GTX 460 is a very capable graphics card, but does the performance advantage seem reasonable enough for a £30-50 higher outlay?

In plenty of ways it is; particularly in extreme cases where games such as Crysis are fully maxed out at 1920x1200 resolution. However there are also a number of applications where the performance between the two graphics cards are just a little too close for our liking. This is made worse by the launch of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti which has almost 15% more shaders than the GTX 460 and is also priced in at ~£200.

Another fundamental issue is that the Radeon HD 6870 is only priced ~£40 less than the 2GB and 1408 shader HD 6950, while the DirectCu is as little as £20 cheaper. All of a sudden it seems as though the 6870 is being priced out of its own segment by both internal and external competition.

So here's the verdict. If you're looking for a graphics card that performs similar to the high end of the previous generation (i.e.- HD 5870) then this product comes mighty close. The EAH6870 DirectCu boasts GTX 460 beating performance as well as a host of 6 series features such as 6 screen Eyefinity and 3D support. Looking for the finest Radeon HD 6870? This could well be it. Are we looking at the performance champion at £200? We don't think so. While a venerable option, the 6800 series is starting to appear a little smothered.

Excellent work Asus.

The Good
- Capable Cooling Solution
- Overclocks Well
- Robust Overclocking Software Included
- Quality Build (caps/chokes)

The Mediocre
- Pricing Very Close to HD 6950

The Bad
- None


Thanks to Asus for the sample on test today, you can discuss your thoughts in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

28-01-2011, 04:30:55

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

28-01-2011, 04:34:02

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 Quote

28-01-2011, 05:01:08

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.Quote

28-01-2011, 06:20:06

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

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

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

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