AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Overclocked Round-up - HotHardware

AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Overclocked Round-up

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The first Radeon HD 6800 series graphics card we're looking at today is from Taiwan based video card manufacturer, PowerColor. We have seen a steady stream of reference and overclocked video cards featuring AMD GPUs from PowerColor. Here we get our hands on the latest release in the PCS+ product line.
 


PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ Graphics Card

 PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+
 Specs and Features

Model
AX6850 1GBD5-PPDHGJ

Core Clock
820 MHz
   
Memory Clock / Size
1100 MHz / 1 GB

Ports
Two DVI (1 single link, 1 dual link)
One HDMI
One DisplayPort
Accessories
User Manual
CrossFire Bridge
DVI to VGA Adapter
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Warranty
3 years

Price

$209



PowerColor offers four different models based on the HD 6850. There are two PCS+ versions available, one with Call of Duty included and one without. Both sport core clocks at 820 MHz and memory set to 1100 MHz. The HD 6850 PCS+ features a dual slot cooler with one fan in the middle of the customized heatsink. Air is drawn to the middle of card and transferred out the front and rear. It will be interesting to see how well this cooler dissipates heat compared to the reference design.


This card comes with a few accessories to help get you started. PowerColor includes a CrossFire bridge, a DVI to VGA adapter, installation guide, and driver disk. This particular model also comes with a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as part of the bundle.

 

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And it is reviews like this that make me think I'll be sticking with my Gigabyte 5870 UD until the next generation comes out on a smaller production format.

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They changed the numbering scheme. The 6800 series is a replacement for the 5700 series, not the 5800 series. The 6900 series will be the replacement for the 5800 series.

Doesn't matter to me -- I always skip a generation anyway. My 5850 will last me for a while yet.

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I have a HD5850 too and it's a good card. I just got a HD6870 and it's better.

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Dig those geek porn pictures or what? Mat takes the best product shots in the biz. And I for one am jealous...

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These picture angles show more of the cards features with less pictures.

So yeah, I like the Star"Geek-Porn"Star as you call it. Tongue Tied

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Hey Pundit, I know they changed the numbering scheme. But considering that I am using a 1920x1200 monitor combined with a highly over clocked 5870, I see no reason to make the jump to a 69X0 card.

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must be very fun to play games with the HD 6870 and 6850 at a price quite likely to be more satisfied if you wear themBig Smile

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cahya:
must be very fun to play games with the HD 6870 and 6850

Oh yes, it is. My 6870 is an XFX Black Edition and comes slightly over-clocked. Been trying it out these past few days and the real world experience is a good one. It's very smooth. (I used to say that about my whiskey)

And, of course, my GTX570 is "very fun" too.

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I'm curious as to why you chose to buy both the 6870 and the 570? Are you getting ready to do some Eyefinity gaming? and on the Nvidia side, 3D gaming?

Knowing that you do video Editing and had owned  the gtx 285 and now the 570, are you using it to take advantage of the Mercury playback Engine and the Encoding speed  advantages it offers on Nvidia's cards in Premiere CS5?

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SammyHayabuza:
I'm curious as to why you chose to buy both the 6870 and the 570? Are you getting ready to do some Eyefinity gaming? and on the Nvidia side, 3D gaming?

Neither one. Knew I'd like the GTX-570 and bought it for better, faster gaming. It's the bomb.

Decided to try the HD6870 to see how good it was even though it doesn't do Cuda and Phys-X. It's a nice card. It was on sale and cheap too.

Still have the 2GB GTX-285 in the third 'puter and the HD5850 on the shelf. Probably gonna be building a few 'puters later on this month for some folks and will put the HD5850 in the first one to go. It's perfect for what this guy is going to be doing. Will probably get another GTX-570 after that. and move the HD6870 down to third place. The GTX-285 is something that I'll probably just keep. It may make a nice Phys-X card or something.

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