Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Review
Andy Ruffell / 7 years ago
After AMD with the ATI Radeon HD 5000 family a few months on the market and rival Nvidia represented just with the cards based on GeForce GTX 460 and GTX 465 is in a good position, one presented recently before the next generation desktop graphics cards. This is heard by the Radeon HD 6000-series, whose first two members to the names Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870th Similar to the naming scheme of the 5000 generation, it is also this to graphics chips from the mid-range, which will evolve over the coming weeks and months by other models both in terms of performance and price up and down extended accordingly. Both newcomers are based on the RV940/Barts-Grafikchip who sees in a 40 nm manufacturing process, the light of day and to Nvidia’s midrange cards make life difficult. According to AMD, there are improvements, especially in image quality, the next version of the Unified Video Decoder (UVD), and for Eyefinity, which now also allows a single card to connect up to six monitors. Really attractive but the cards are recognized only by the aggressive prices because about 150 for a HD 6850 is a word!
We have invited the new Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, a detailed test. We received not only the 3D performance of the cards, but also have the power, the temperatures and the resulting noise of the active cooling systems examined in detail. For this purpose we will newly designed Windows 7 test system is used, based on a recently Six-Core Intel Core i7-970 and a fast Solid State Drive (SSD) as the primary system drive coupled with a conventional HDD used as a data drive. We do, as always, enjoy reading the article!