Double the price but not double the performance; Powercolor designed a dual GPU HD 6870
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2011 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: powercolor, HD6870 X2
PowerColor's HD 6870 X2 is a non-standard card sporting a pair of HD6870 GPUs on one PCB which unfortunately costs more than twice as much as standard HD6870 though within the same ballpark as the GTX580 which is its competitor. Powercolor really went out on a limb designing this card with no help from AMD and as far as performance goes it is a success as it can beat the GTX580's frame rate when gaming. However as far as pricing goes, it ranks with the GTX590 and HD6990, in that it is very expensive when looked at from a performance per dollar perspective. For those enthusiasts that want the absolute best that is probably not going to matter, but if you have the slots you should consider buying a pair of reference HD 6870s. Check out techPowerUp's full review if the $500 asking price hasn't scared you off.
"PowerColor's exclusive HD 6870 X2 unifies two HD 6870 graphics processors on a single card. This approach offers performance that can compete with other high-end cards like GTX 580. In our testing we saw nice results that make this card a worthy alternative in today's high-end graphics card market."
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