Friday, October 8th 2010

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Looks Refined, Ready to Market

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.

Add your own comment

126 Comments on AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Looks Refined, Ready to Market

Rebelstar said:
Well, what should I to do with my DP-VGA adapter since new card using mini-DP. To order another f****g adapter to have this scheme? DP-VGA -> miniDP-DP -> 68XX
It's like AMD abandoned army of eyefinity users: "Well, f**k them. We'll design new card with the new mini-dp slot and we don't care about their DP-VGA adapters"
Very dissapointing.
Could've ended up like my damn ASUS CUcore 5770 (only got them because at the time, I saved about $55USD), One HDMI, One DVI, One VGA :shadedshu I think the USER should decide with an adapter whether or not they need VGA! What is a person supposed to do when they don't have a relic monitor? From what little testing I did, the second 5770 won't output video, so it's not like I can use it's DVI:rolleyes:

I don't know if they can ship to Belarus or not, but is by far the cheapest place I've come across for cables, adapters, etc etc. One could always see about the total cost of shipping to someone on the forums, then having them ship it to you. Then compare that overall price to what it would cost for you to get it.
Posted on Reply