AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850 Graphics Cards Debut - HotHardware

AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850 Graphics Cards Debut

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Alien vs. Predator
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance


Alien vs. Predator

The Alien vs. Predator benchmark makes use of the advanced Tessellation, screen space ambient occlusion and high-quality shadow features, available with DirectX 11. In addition to enabling all of the aforementioned DirectX 11 related features offered by this benchmark, we also switched on 4X anti-aliasing along with 16X anisotropic filtering to more heavily tax the graphics cards being tested.

With AvP we see that a Radeon HD 6870 performs about on par with a Radeon HD 5850 but drops a few frames per second at the ultra-high resolution of 2560X1600.  This is likely due to the 6870's fewer number of Texture Units, since geometry throughput and memory bandwidth are higher for the new architecture.  Regardless, the Radeon HD 6870 handily outpaces a stock GeForce GTX 460 but can't quite keep up with a GTX 470 or OC'd 460.  The new Radeon HD 6850 tracks the performance of a stock GeForce GTX 460 in this test.



 

6870

6850

5870

5850

GTX 470

GTX 460

% Increase

 97.7%

97.8% 

 83.4%

 84.8%

 89.7%

92.6% 

 

Here we've calculated performance scaling for you in AMD CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU modes again and it's no surprise at point that AMD once again shows better slightly better scaling for their latest generation of GPUs versus NVIDIA's.  This theme was prevalent in every multi-GPU test we've shown here. This wasn't the case in the previous generation AMD architecture but it clearly is now.  Impressive to say the least.

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Well it seems as I have no visible upgrade path at all until the Caymen hits, and even then if I stay on the ATI hardware. Of course my5870 and 5850 are humming right along beating everything compared here anyways minus 20 watts anyway. I don't think 20 watts of power is really worth it personally.

The one thing I see as a mess up here is the fact that the 5800 and even 5700 series were all widely adopted. Being as I see it as not much of an upgrade I would bet many see it the same or at least a good amount of people, but this includes especially the ones who would use the amount of money on a GPU that these call for. Then on top of that I would bet shortly there will be some massive sales on the 5800 series cards of which I am sure there are many in stock.

So while I applaud the upgrading they did and especially the areas they concentrated on, I just don't see this series as being as good financially for the company. I am hoping all the CPU goodies supposed to be streaming out of AMD in the next six months makes up for them on the CPU side of things as well as evens things about between there CPU GPU offerings overall making them stronger market wide. If this does not happen they may have very well stalled there recovery.

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I only wish ATI folded as good as Nvidia, otherwise they are doing great as pointed out.

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Tom Kamkari:

I only wish ATI folded as good as Nvidia, otherwise they are doing great as pointed out.

Well the ATI cards are designed primarily for gaming so I don't expect folding to be a high point for them.

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My thoughts exactly rapid. This release is a refinement rather than a revolution. Since the release is right on time with their upgrade cycle, perhaps refinement was the only way to move forward with 32nm process not available yet (I think the article mentions this).

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Yes; it does mention all off the things about refinement. I am pointing out that basically ATI may not be the UBER performer in AMD's camp this go around, because the enthusiast side may not see the point in upgrading there 5870 to a 6870. The thing which makes this interesting from a business standpoint is ATI (now AMD) has never tried to wholeheartedly rip off there valued customers as Nvidia does time and again (and of course much like abused spouses the fan boys cower at there knees and call them god). AMD seems to use it to try to claw back to where they were several years ago which in an of itself is quite interesting. I will not cut on Intel because thankfully to them CPU's have kept advancing for the last several years, and AMD has followed on their coat tails trying to keep up. They actually seem to be getting themselves out of financial purgatory as well. I just think it would have been a better strategy business wise to do my damnedest to get a barn burning GPU on the market prior to all the processor goodies which are supposed to be coming down ATI's path in the coming months. Then with both main product sides of the company firing on all cylinders watch the phoenix rise from the ashes an all around market beater again. Who knows maybe I am just wishing dreamily to see AMD blow Intel and Nvidia to smithereens, so that the market as a whole will blow up with new enhanced R&D like what brought us core2 duo, and of course the chips Nvidia limped on for years (and renamed/re-released numerous times). If you see it much as a true picture of why competition is good all the way around (IE: Prices/new technology faster) for humanity it is good for us all if every market leader steps into battle guns ablaze, rather than just on one flank.

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Yeah, I did read about them Now i will remember that was ATI. Now it had changed to new name "AMD Radeon" I am sure it still be former ATI  video card

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Its funny what "mainstream" cards are capable of these days....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mJeefx5_Qc

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