Originally Posted by btarunr
That was because AMD messed with ROPs. In this new SKU, only the SP (with it TMU) counts and core clock speed are lowered. Rest is the same. There's a real chance that these can unlock to HD 6950 1GB since they'll most likely reuse boards.
Yeah maybe they have learnt from their mistake this time, anyway, i would have thought the sensible thing to do from a marketing point of view would be to discontinue the 6850 and 6870, and release this as a budget 7830.
This line up Would make alot more sense.