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The new Series 6 ATI cards.
 
DABhand  posted on Oct 22, 2010 9:19:12 AM - Report post

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Recently AMD/ATI announced the new 6000 series GPU's.

The 6850 and 6870...

Here are the specs..

First the 6850


Bus Type PCI-E 2.1
Performance Standard
GPU Clock MHz 775 MHz
Stream Processors 960
Memory Interface Bus (bit) 256
Memory Type DDR5
Memory Size (MB) 1024 MB
Memory Clock (MHz) 4000 MHz
Microsoft® DirectX® Support 11
Open GL Optimization and Support 3.2
Cooling Fansink √
ROHS √
Profile Double
ATI Radeon CrossFireX™ Technology

ATI CrossFireX™Technology with up to quad GPU support offers superior scalability so your system is ready to level up when you are. √
ATI Radeon PowerPlay™ √
Dimensions (Imperial) 9.25 x 4.4 x 1.5
Max Resolution Analog 2048 x 1536
Max Resolution Digital 2560 x 1600
ATI Eyefinity Technology √
DisplayPort 1


The 6870

Bus Type PCI-E 2.1
Performance Standard
GPU Clock MHz 900 MHz
Stream Processors 1120
Memory Interface Bus (bit) 256
Memory Type DDR5
Memory Size (MB) 1024 MB
Memory Clock (MHz) 4200 MHz
Microsoft® DirectX® Support 11
Open GL Optimization and Support 3.2
Cooling Fansink √
ROHS √
Profile Double
ATI Radeon CrossFireX™ Technology √
ATI Radeon PowerPlay™ √
Dimensions (Imperial) 10.3 x 4.4 x 1.5
Max Resolution Analog 2048 x 1536
Max Resolution Digital Maximum Screen Resolution indicates the maxiumum possible sharpness and clarity of an image that a monitor can display, measured in number of dots (pixels). 2560 x 1600
ATI Eyefinity Technology √
DisplayPort 2

First thing that stands out is the memory clock at 4000 and 4200 respectively it is the fastest calculating GPU out there, BUT, the Nvidia cards triumph with onboard Physx and Cuda support. These cards are best suited for a CPU with core speeds of 2.6ghz or higher, over 3.0ghz recommended (quad core even more so) so that one core will emulate Physx and Cuda and leave other cores to do more work elsewhere.

But this is something that may intice people..

The prices for the 6850 is in the UK approx. £150-160

And the 6870's retail around £190-200

So they have combated the recent Nvidia cards.

But... How do they run?


From benchmarks etc I have seen, they seem stable but are noisy at the moment, ATI can't keep up with the 460GT's silent fan system which is still the best, but with a combination hex-core AMD CPU and the 6850 Games were flying smoothly, Fallout NV was tested and looked amazing.

So if you have an AMD CPU and a Via chipset grab yourself one of these, it is a cheap ATI card finally.

[Edited by DABhand, 10/22/2010 9:20:13 AM]

 
DABhand  posted on Oct 22, 2010 9:23:10 AM - Report post

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Forgot to say I said it was the fastest, but I did not say its the most powerful.

The 480's and 5970's are still battling away at that :P

But for speed and good performance the 6 series offer this at a competitive price

 
shianova  posted on Oct 22, 2010 10:06:39 AM - Report post

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Meh this card doesn't look like an upgrade from anything to me.
 
Borgert  posted on Oct 22, 2010 12:54:20 PM - Report post

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I'd say the 5970.

I didn't pay 4.5 DKK to see me lag

 
darkone112  posted on Oct 22, 2010 1:01:00 PM - Report post

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well 5870 is stronger than 6870. lol,if you want a strong pc for gaming,stick with 5 series,but if you want some overclock buy new 6 series, i am a gamer,not overclocker so i'm not gonna buy it.
 
AdmiralThrawn  posted on Oct 22, 2010 1:16:21 PM - Report post

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But, and now the ATI numbering scheme is even more confusing, what with rebranding half the 5 series as the new 6 series.

And I can't recall right now, is it true that ATI is releasing the low-end cards first?

 
DABhand  posted on Oct 22, 2010 2:45:02 PM - Report post

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People dont realise the clock speed on the series 6 is faster than the series 5, not by much but it is true, its like the 460 to nvidia's 480. Cheaper and runs just as well with missing extra's.
 
Chingy-X  posted on Oct 22, 2010 4:21:40 PM - Report post


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Very happy with the 5650 mobility in my HP at the moment. Not like I can upgrade anyways, lol.

I don't know. Something about nVidia is somewhat more attractive than an ATI unit in my desktop.

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