TechSpot: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Review

Today marks an overhaul with AMD launching two new graphics cards designed to tackle the GTX 460. The Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 are being presented as the new mid-range offerings on AMD's line-up with a suggested retail of $239 and $199.

Given the naming scheme, you'd expect the new cards to replace the existing Radeon HD 5870 and 5850, but that's not the case. The year-old Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 will be axed next month when AMD launches the Cayman-based Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 graphics cards. While the existing Radeon 5700 series is expected to take over the lower-end affordable graphics sector.

We expect the Radeon HD 6870 to be slightly slower than the 5870, while the Radeon HD 6850 should be slower than the 5850, just don't pay attention to the tricky naming. The new cards supposedly improve upon Radeon HD 5000 series with better DirectX 11 and enhanced display support, but perhaps most importantly they are set to offer a better value than Nvidia's GTX 460.

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I am glad I got my HD 5970 before they rebrand it to AMD...
AMD just sounds slow,,, no wonder the 6800 series are slower than the 5800 :-P

Sorry couldn't see an edit button ... I was a big ati fan until I realised that due to the lack up driver updates I was getting worse performance on a superior card than I was on a nvidia card. So I changed over and sadly have never looked back. Support is the issue. You can have the worlds fastest GPU and sell it but if you cannot support it, what is the use?

BeLGaRaTh said,
Sorry couldn't see an edit button ... I was a big ati fan until I realised that due to the lack up driver updates I was getting worse performance on a superior card than I was on a nvidia card. So I changed over and sadly have never looked back. Support is the issue. You can have the worlds fastest GPU and sell it but if you cannot support it, what is the use?

Thats actually funny because I switched to ATI cards because of poor support and performance from NVIDIA cards. The last NVIDIA card I had had all kinds of driver issues and caused regular lockups after about 10-15 minutes. Switched up to ATI and performance was definitely better and no driver lockups. Seems the combination of motherboard/CPU/GPU/OS causes one driver or the other to spaz out.

I'm on a much different rig than before so I'm open to trying the NVIDIA ones again so waiting to see what I may want under the christmas tree.

Driver support and functionality is where you need to look and ati is far behind nvidia in that respect. They may have superior cards but if games cannot acces the drivers and its APIs (?) properly then its automatically a fail.

BeLGaRaTh said,
Driver support and functionality is where you need to look and ati is far behind nvidia in that respect. They may have superior cards but if games cannot acces the drivers and its APIs (?) properly then its automatically a fail.
I'm not sure about that... I have a Nvidia Geforce card on windows 7 64bit and there doesnt appear to be a proper driver out that works 100% for me. When I watch movies on my computer and try and use the seek bar the playback goes jerky and goes out of place. this happens with all of the different versions of the "win7 64 bit" drivers that I have found and various different media players. So I am a bit disappointed, I think my next card will be a high end Radeon card with proven Win 7 64bit support.

OMG I just pre-ordered a HIS 6870 for a staggering £199.00 at Ebuyer... out comes the plastic pre-ordered and smilling like the cat go the cream.

Yeah.. they really messed up on the naming for these cards.
6870 should have been a next gen x870 card so it should have been faster than the 5870, just like the 5870 was faster than the 4870

Given the naming scheme, you'd expect the new cards to replace the existing Radeon HD 5870 and 5850, but that's not the case. Instead the new Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 are being presented as the new mid-range offerings
So are they issuing out new 'higher end' cards? Or are they already out? This threw me off a little..

este said,
So are they issuing out new 'higher end' cards? Or are they already out? This threw me off a little..

I believe the 69xx series is the next thing coming, supposedly faster than the 5850/5870 stuff, at least from the few sites I read yesterday.

Lots nice, but with my Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5970 Toxic 4096MB GDDR5 Limited Edition Graphics Card, I will be skipping the 6000 series and possibly the 7000 series and looking towards the 8000+ series :-))

bomberh said,
Lots nice, but with my Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5970 Toxic 4096MB GDDR5 Limited Edition Graphics Card, I will be skipping the 6000 series and possibly the 7000 series and looking towards the 8000+ series :-))

Probably because you won't have any money for the next two years? haha

GP007 said,
Well I'm happy with my 5770 so it's looking like I'll just skip the whole 6000 series.

Same here, just put one in a new machine and it's working fabulously.