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

AMD Radeon HD 6800 Reference Models Pictured

btarunr

Editor & Senior Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 9, 2007
Messages
34,496 (9.18/day)
Likes
17,519
Location
Hyderabad, India
#1
Here are the press-shots given to us by AMD, of the Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards, in their reference design. The Radeon HD 6870 was pictured from one angle much earlier, but this new deck of pictures show you the card from other angles. There is also the first set of pictures of the Radeon HD 6850 with its premium blower-type cooler. Partners can opt for this design, or choose a more cost-effective cooler design which isn't much more than a fan-heatsink over the GPU, probably heatsinks over the memory/VRM, and an egg-shaped cooler shroud. Past history has shown that when presented with two reference design cooler options, most AIB partners have chosen the cheaper one, for obvious reasons.

The styling looks a little carried forward from the HD 5000 series (black and red), only this time, the streaks of red-lines are on the top and rear-end of the card, not its obverse side (which now has a flame sticker). The sticker design around the fan intake is suggestive of an "eye", keeping up with the theme for this series and a trio of new "Eye" features the Radeon HD 6000 series will carry, one of them being next-generation Eyefinity. The Radeon HD 6800 draws power from two 6-pin power inputs, while the HD 6850 makes do with just one. Another important feature-change evident from these pictures is that the 6800 lacks support for 3-way and 4-way CrossFireX, there's only one CFI finger.



More pictures follow.



Finally, the branding. AMD is positioning this performance SKU as the Radeon HD 6800 series, even when its GPU is intended to be a generational evolution over the "Juniper" Radeon HD 5700 series products, for three reasons we can think of:
  • Radeon HD 6800 series is too fast to sell at the price points HD 5700 series sells, so it warrants a slightly higher price point
  • Selling at those price-points won't go well with the 6700 series brand-identifier, hence HD 6800 series. Instead HD 6800 will fall in the same league which both GPU vendors refer to as the "gamer's sweet-spot", which figuratively is a price range between $199~$249
  • AMD wants to consolidate all high-end SKUs into the Radeon HD 6900 series, it's wasteful letting a low-volume, ultra-high end, dual-GPU SKU occupy the whole of it

To put this graphically, we'll cite a slide sourced from ChipHell.

 
Joined
Apr 4, 2008
Messages
4,659 (1.30/day)
Likes
1,009
System Name Obelisc
Processor i7 3770k @ 4.8 GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V
Cooling H110
Memory 16GB(4x4) @ 2400 MHz 9-11-11-31
Video Card(s) GTX 780 Ti
Storage 850 EVO 1TB, 2x 5TB Toshiba
Case T81
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium HD
Power Supply EVGA 850 T2 80+ TITANIUM
Software Win10 64bit
#2
Wonder if the 69xx cards will have backplates.
 
Joined
Aug 12, 2010
Messages
1,534 (0.56/day)
Likes
200
Location
Britland
System Name Gaming temp// HTPC
Processor AMD A6 5400k // A4 5300
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 PRO4// ASRock FM2A55M-DGS
Cooling Xigmatek HDT-D1284 // stock phenom II HSF
Memory 4GB 1600mhz corsair vengeance // 4GB 1600mhz corsair vengeance low profile
Storage 64gb sandisk pulse SSD and 500gb HDD // 500gb HDD
Display(s) acer 22" 1680x1050
Power Supply Seasonic G-450 // Corsair CXM 430W
#3
I love the new style blower coolers and i really like the AMD stickers over things like the woman on the sapphire card (are sapphire and other brands teasing most geeks with what they don't have? :laugh:).

Wonder if the 69xx cards will have backplates.
It looks like these don't but it was the same for the 57xx and 58xx was it not? as in none of the 57xx but the 5870 did... not sure if the 5850 did though, makes me wonder if the 5870 got one due to is length thus better off having a bit more support.
I would geuss that if cayman xt is pretty long it would have one as well but unsure about cayman pro

One more thing, the slide showing the new and old models makes me hope/wish it means that cayman xt would be very close to hemlock.
 
Joined
Aug 10, 2007
Messages
4,064 (1.06/day)
Likes
1,130
Location
Geneva, FL, USA
Processor Intel i5-6600
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX
Cooling Cooler Master Geminii S524
Memory G.Skill DDR4-2133 16GB (8GB x 2)
Video Card(s) Gigabyte R9-380X 4GB
Storage Samsung 950 EVO 250GB (mSATA)
Display(s) LG 29UM69G-B 2560x1080 IPS
Case Lian Li PC-Q25
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC892
Power Supply Seasonic SS-460FL2
Mouse Logitech G700s
Keyboard Logitech G110
Software Windows 10 Pro
#4
AMD wants to consolidate all high-end SKUs into the Radeon HD 6900 series, it's wasteful letting a low-volume, ultra-high end, dual-GPU SKU occupy the whole of it
I thought that was the whole point! A level of performance and extravagance that should only go to one or two models. And there was some variety - 6 and 12 port Eyefinity, 2GB and 4GB.

Anyhoo... will see how the 68xx fair. Skipped upgrading last year, but not this year!
 

wolf

Performance Enthusiast
Joined
May 7, 2007
Messages
5,576 (1.43/day)
Likes
864
System Name MightyX (MITX)
Processor Core i7 4770K @ 4.2ghz
Motherboard Asus Z87i-Pro
Cooling Noctua NH-L12
Memory 16gb DDR3 1600 LP
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 OC
Storage Lots of SSD's
Display(s) AOC AGON AG352QCX
Case Raven RVZ-01
Power Supply SFX 450 G
Mouse Razer Mamba Tournament Chroma
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Chroma
#5
that is a kickass looking reference design, I love the look of a really square black box of powaaa
 
Joined
Nov 4, 2005
Messages
9,976 (2.24/day)
Likes
2,337
System Name MoFo 2
Processor AMD PhenomII 1100T @ 4.2Ghz
Motherboard Asus Crosshair IV
Cooling Swiftec 655 pump, Apogee GT,, MCR360mm Rad, 1/2 loop.
Memory 8GB DDR3-2133 @ 1900 8.9.9.24 1T
Video Card(s) HD7970 1250/1750
Storage Agility 3 SSD 6TB RAID 0 on RAID Card
Display(s) 46" 1080P Toshiba LCD
Case Rosewill R6A34-BK modded (thanks to MKmods)
Audio Device(s) ATI HDMI
Power Supply 750W PC Power & Cooling modded (thanks to MKmods)
Software A lot.
Benchmark Scores Its fast. Enough.
#7
The monolith.
 
Joined
Oct 2, 2004
Messages
12,595 (2.59/day)
Likes
5,991
Location
Europe\Slovenia
System Name Dark Silence 2
Processor Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.5 GHz (1.15V)
Motherboard MSI X99A Gaming 7
Cooling Cooler Master Nepton 120XL
Memory 32 GB DDR4 Kingston HyperX Fury 2400 MHz @ 2666 MHz
Video Card(s) AORUS GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB (2000/11100)
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 2TB SSD (3D V-NAND)
Display(s) ASUS VG248QE 144Hz 1ms (DisplayPort)
Case Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 + Altec Lansing MX5021 (HiFi capacitors and OPAMP upgrade)
Power Supply BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 750W
Mouse Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Keyboard Cherry Stream XT Black
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Fall Creators Update)
#8
I just don't understand who's the idiot in the design department that makes opening on the side of the card when the exhaust is in the back. The whole point of exhaust coolers is to vent the heat out, but no, they have tod ump it inside as well. Why don't they just stick a massive heatpipe and dump all the heat inside :rolleyes: Even with all the connectors, the exhaust is big enough for proper cooling.
 
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
2,657 (0.70/day)
Likes
779
Processor Intel i5-2500k @ 3.8GHz
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Cooling CM Hyper 212 EVO w/ AC MX-2
Memory 8GB DDR3 1866 Gskill Snipers 9-10-9-28
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X
Storage 240GB Corsair Force GT
Display(s) 23' Dell AW2310
Case Corsair 550D
Audio Device(s) Creative SB X-Fi Fatality Professional
Power Supply Seasonic SS-760XP2 Platinum
Software Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
#9
AMD, give me a 2GB 6970 so I will have a reason to do a total upgrade! :toast:
 
Joined
Aug 12, 2010
Messages
1,534 (0.56/day)
Likes
200
Location
Britland
System Name Gaming temp// HTPC
Processor AMD A6 5400k // A4 5300
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 PRO4// ASRock FM2A55M-DGS
Cooling Xigmatek HDT-D1284 // stock phenom II HSF
Memory 4GB 1600mhz corsair vengeance // 4GB 1600mhz corsair vengeance low profile
Storage 64gb sandisk pulse SSD and 500gb HDD // 500gb HDD
Display(s) acer 22" 1680x1050
Power Supply Seasonic G-450 // Corsair CXM 430W
#10
I just don't understand who's the idiot in the design department that makes opening on the side of the card when the exhaust is in the back. The whole point of exhaust coolers is to vent the heat out, but no, they have tod ump it inside as well. Why don't they just stick a massive heatpipe and dump all the heat inside :rolleyes: Even with all the connectors, the exhaust is big enough for proper cooling.
The holes in the side are blocked according to other articles, it's only past the red strip they are real vents just like the 5xxx cards.

AMD, give me a 2GB 6970 so I will have a reason to do a total upgrade! :toast:
As with the 5870 there will be 2gb 6970's