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AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:47 pm

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design

Here it is, the AMD Radeon HD 6870, all dressed up to go to work. There has been quite some speculation surrounding the naming scheme AMD is going to adopt with the HD 6000 series, but fresh information suggestively lays some of that to rest. Firstly, Radeon HD 6800 series is built around the "Barts" GPU, not "Cayman". Barts is a new performance GPU, though isn't the highest-end single GPU from AMD (which is reserved for Cayman). Barts "XT" is Radeon HD 6870, and Barts "Pro" is HD 6850. Pictured below is the HD 6870. At a purely subjective glance, the HD 6870 reference design card seems to be as long as the HD 5850 reference.

The new Radeon logo has been Photoshopped on to the fan, so the products in market will definitely do away with the older ATI logo. The rear panel resembles that of the Radeon HD 5800 series, except that the exhaust grille seems slightly wider, there are two DVI-I connectors, one standard HDMI, and two mini DisplayPort connectors for a change. The connector output sharing scheme isn't known right now, it could be 3 or 4 head Eyefinity, or all-out 5 head Eyefinity, a yet to be detailed "Eyespeed" feature is mentioned. We will definitely know more about this card in the weeks to come.


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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby skier » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:03 pm

The new Radeon logo has been Photoshopped on to the fan, so the products in market will definitely do away with the older ATI logo


you would think they would have 'done away with it' on the prototype to begin with, not like it's a new development :lol:

and i like how the screws on the backplate aren't straight either, reminds me too much of early Fermi...

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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby Sttm » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:52 pm

What is AMD thinking with this naming. So the 5770 replacement is going to be called 6870, while most likely being slower then the 5870. Why do that unless they want to intentionally misdirect customers.
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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby skier » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:13 pm

Sttm wrote:So the 5770 replacement is going to be called 6870


didnt notice that
Radeon HD 6800 series is built around the "Barts" GPU, not "Cayman". Barts is a new performance GPU, though isn't the highest-end single GPU from AMD (which is reserved for Cayman). Barts "XT" is Radeon HD 6870, and Barts "Pro" is HD 6850.

so 6970 cayman would be top (as 5870 now)- then they would have to bring back the X2 suffix (6970 X2). unless 6970 cayman is actually the 6870 X2, just designated as another die
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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby hark » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:26 pm

The little wave is a neat touch. Not liking the naming scheme they have going on, though.

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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby stopthekilling77 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:36 am

The naming scheme is terrible! I just hope that my PSU will be enough for whatever the top non dual-gpu card is named.
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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:26 am

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One week to go until the card's launch and a Radeon HD 6870 branded by ex-Nvidia partner XFX has popped up online via two high-resolution pictures. The card in question is powered by one Barts 40nm GPU, has DirectX 11 support and is supposed to be faster than the 1GB GeForce GTX 460.

XFX's card takes up two slots, and requires additional power via two 6pin PCIe connectors, has 2-way CrossFire support, a 256-bit memory interface, 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 5000 MHz, and two DVI, one HDMI 1.4 and two mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. The Radeon HD 6870 should be price in the $200 - $300 range.


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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby Aniki » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:00 pm

Looks like it's gonna be an awesome card. 5 display connectors on a video card is insane.

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Re: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Video Card Pictured

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:00 am

Aniki wrote:Looks like it's gonna be an awesome card. 5 display connectors on a video card is insane.


yeah, but remember the card can support 6 monitors with daisy chaining off the pair of mini-DisplayPort connectors.
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