AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Review - Barts Architecture Refresh
XFX Retail Cards, Testing Configurations and Pricing Wars
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB Reference
AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB Reference
Setting up the testing comparisons for this review were a bit complicated as both sides played their cards close the chest and didn't give us real pricing until the DAY OF RELEASE. If they do this again, I'll probably have to hurt someone. Anyway...as it stands 4 hours before the launch of the Radeon HD 6800 series, we'll be looking at a few different configurations of cards in our benchmarks. First, the new Radeon HD 6870 will be pitted against the Radeon HD 5850 and the GeForce GTX 460 1GB in two versions: reference speeds and overclocked. There are several GTX 460s clocked at 800 MHz or higher priced right around the MSRP of the HD 6870 and thus the comparison is completely valid and worth showing. Next, the HD 6850 will be going up against the somewhat clunky HD 5830 as well as reference GTX 460 1GB and 768MB cards. Finally, we have a set of graphs showing how the HD 6870 and HD 6850 compare to each other and how well CrossFire scaling works with these new GPUs.
You will likely also notice a completely new benchmark suite on PC Perspective - we have needed a refresh for quite some time and we finally got it. Unfortunately for us that mean 40+ hours of benchmarking; for you that means much more current and relevant results!
Here is our test system setup for the benchmarks:
- Testing Configuration
- ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard
- Intel Core i7-965 @ 3.33 GHz Processor
- 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1333 MHz Memory
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB HDD
- Corsair Professional Series 1200w PSU
- Benchmarks used: 3DMark Vantage, Unigine Heaven v2.1, Metro 2033, Lost Planet 2, Civilization V, F1 2010, Bad Company 2, Left 4 Dead 2