HIS Radeon 6850 & 6870 Review

Synthetic Benchmarks

HIS Radeon 68x0 Series Review

As each card is marketed as a replacement for a previous model we will be testing against those to see what, if any, improvement has been gained. Both the HD5770 and HD5830 were tested only at stock settings because the benefits of overclocking the 6 series was, as you'll see, minimal at best.

3D Mark Vantage

Our results are nothing if not consistent. The HIS HD6870 clearly beats out the card it replaces, the HD5830, throughout testing and actually gives us results around the HD5850 mark.

The HIS HD6850 comprehensively beats the HD5770 to such a degree it's right with the HD5830. At the more extreme end of the scale it runs out of puff, but for middle-range gaming it appears more than capable.


Unigine Heaven

Unigine is one of the most stressful benchmarks you can run, taking full advantage of the DX11 featureset. Such an improvement is seen from the new range of Radeons that even the HIS HD6850 comes in second place. Good to see.



With an increase in anti-aliasing we see the limitations of the HD6850 architecture as the 5830 slots back into seconds place. We also finally see an improvement from our overclock, albeit tiny.


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Most Recent Comments

22-10-2010, 05:29:23

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.


(scissors) if you want this bit removed as you don't think it's on topic please cut along the lines (scissors)


22-10-2010, 08:47:50

Why does the 6850 get a better cooler?Quote

22-10-2010, 08:53:24

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

22-10-2010, 09:01:58

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

22-10-2010, 09:28:12

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.Quote

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