1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

PowerColor HD 6870 X2 2048 MB

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by W1zzard, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Messages:
    14,645 (3.93/day)
    Thanks Received:
    11,382
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 8, 2011
  2. Nesters New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2010
    Messages:
    121 (0.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    27
    Best top high-end perf/$ even at launch price.
  3. antuk15

    antuk15

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    385 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    137
    Red PCB = Fail

    And it really could of done with 2Gb of VRAM per GPU core, With 1Gb per GPU it just dosn't have the VRAM to back up the shader power.
  4. Pestilence New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    587 (0.48/day)
    Thanks Received:
    67
    Damnit Wizzard... Now i want to order one. Nice review
  5. antuk15

    antuk15

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    385 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    137
    I beg to differ
  6. Pestilence New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    587 (0.48/day)
    Thanks Received:
    67
    Wizard,

    Would you buy one to play with over a 580?
  7. ERazer

    ERazer

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,543 (0.88/day)
    Thanks Received:
    492
    Location:
    Republic of Texas
    another superb review almighty wiz :respect:

    i would definitely consider one if is below 500$
  8. damric

    damric

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    359 (0.22/day)
    Thanks Received:
    95
    Tul seems to have the perfect balance of engineering and marketing. Not only is this card fantastic, but it showed up at the right time, when HD 6990 and GTX 590 are out of stock!
  9. antuk15

    antuk15

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    385 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    137
    But in the UK atleast it's slower and more expensive then 5850 Xfire.
  10. Fourstaff

    Fourstaff Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    9,158 (5.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,959
    Location:
    Home
    5970 is roughly 5850 Crossfire, so I would say this card is about as powerful as 5850 Crossfire in a package. This is more of novel engineering (and experience off it) rather than anything, and the target audience (if there is one at all) is probably people looking for novel stuffs.
  11. bbmarley

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    480 (0.22/day)
    Thanks Received:
    76
    i see crossfire bridge inc , could you tri/quadfire this card?

    edit i must have overlooked a part dam thats pretty nice
  12. Pestilence New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    587 (0.48/day)
    Thanks Received:
    67
    I was hoping someone would do a Quad Crossfire review
  13. antuk15

    antuk15

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    385 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    137
    From what I remember seeing in reviews 5850 crossfire was always slightly faster the a 5970 because of scaling.

    On a clock-for-clock basis a 5850 is quite a way faster then a 6870.
  14. erocker

    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Messages:
    39,526 (13.48/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,922
    Every time a dual GPU card is released this statement is made. A single, dual GPU card will be more expensive, that's the way it is.
  15. antuk15

    antuk15

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    385 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    137
    it doesn't matter if it's made everytime. It's still a valid statement and is still something vendors have to think about and deal with.
  16. Fourstaff

    Fourstaff Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    9,158 (5.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,959
    Location:
    Home
    Slightly faster as in 1-5%? Well technically it will be slightly faster, but in real life it will be "about as powerful". Also, you must remember 6xxx series scales way better compared to 5xxx series.

    Its obvious and true, so (in my eyes) that statement is going to be made every single time a dual GPU comes out.

    And why should they bother? I don't see any reason for them to sell it any cheaper, just like how you don't price limited edition stuff cheaper than normal edition ones.
  17. antuk15

    antuk15

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    385 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    137
    Not from my own testing, Scaling is the same.

    The 6000 series just require less CPU resources to aceheive maximum scaling compared to oder generations.
  18. cbupdd

    cbupdd New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    102 (0.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    21
    Location:
    [EU] Panxa del Bou!
  19. WhiteLotus

    WhiteLotus

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    Messages:
    6,530 (2.55/day)
    Thanks Received:
    847
    Why so noisy! Why do they do this, they can run so much quieter! Curse them!
  20. Damn_Smooth

    Damn_Smooth New Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2011
    Messages:
    1,435 (1.23/day)
    Thanks Received:
    478
    Location:
    A frozen turdberg.
    I wish this card was in my price range. I guess nobody will sell me anything for $0-$5 though. Maybe I should buy some lotto tickets.
  21. KainXS

    KainXS

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2007
    Messages:
    5,600 (2.24/day)
    Thanks Received:
    501
    haven't been around much anymore,


    oh i see
  22. Assimilator

    Assimilator

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2005
    Messages:
    582 (0.17/day)
    Thanks Received:
    97
    W1zz, did you try setting manual fan profiles/voltages for idle to see if that helped the high power draw and noise at that level?

    And a suggestion: every card on your charts has at least 1GB of VRAM, so instead of saying "1024M" you could save some space by using "1G", or instead of "1536M" use "1.5G".

    Also why do they bother using 1.25GHz memory chips but only run them at 1.05GHz?
  23. dir_d

    dir_d

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Messages:
    848 (0.47/day)
    Thanks Received:
    110
    Location:
    Manteca, Ca
    Good review, Great card, if Powercolor was smart they would lower this card below 480 and watch these cards fly off the shelves.
  24. Cool Mike New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Messages:
    206 (0.11/day)
    Thanks Received:
    33
    Location:
    South Carolina, USA
    Nice card, I would buy if the price was around $469-$479. Just noticed newegg is offering the stupid $15 powerjack for free with purchase. Please lower the price no one wants the powerjack!!
    No one buy until the price is LOWERED....
  25. Frogger

    Frogger

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    2,174 (0.70/day)
    Thanks Received:
    310
    would be interested in seeing this card with another HDxxxx card in CF to see the Hydra drivers in action . any info on this "Lucid Hydra drivers which are not working perfectly yet"
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page