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    Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    We pit Sapphire and HIS retail cards against a 13-GPU jamboree. Who comes out on top?
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    Not as impressed by these cards as I'd hoped to be - nvidia's price cuts yesterday seem to have had the desired effect. Hopefully AMD will shave a bit off the pricing before lots of cards hit the channel.

    Also, it would have been nice to throw in a 48xx card - a couple of other review sites have - as it's helpful to put things in context

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    £135 for a card that gets awfully close to beating the Radeon HD 5850 - one of the last-generation's best £200-plus cards?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-x...-graphics-card

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    Price is wrong for the asus gtx 480 should be £350 link

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarinder View Post
    £135 for a card that gets awfully close to beating the Radeon HD 5850 - one of the last-generation's best £200-plus cards?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-x...-graphics-card

    Lower power, lower noise, good overclocking. Hard man to please
    Have to say I didn't go out and look at prices - the Hexus review on the table of doom says "£150+", at those prices both cards are just a bit too close to the nvidia cards (in my opinion) which doesn't make the decision "obvious". With a bigger gap, and lower price, at £133 I would be quite pleased Any idea though why that XFX is £133 compared to £158 for the other ones from Scan...? Looks like a mis-price.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    That one got me too. Ebuyer had the Sapphire for the same price.

    Pricing has been constantly changing in the last 24 hours. I'm going to wait a while and then rejig the tables and HEXUS.bang4buck.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    4 driver sets for nvidia since release , vs 2 for amd (10.9 whql and 10.10 beta) - the mid range is THE fight this generation and trade blow for blow , ignoring the `wierd` reviews like guru`s ofc.


    damn cheap pricing , £133 for a 6850 is down withe the 768meg gtx460

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    So let me get this straight. AMD are providing 5 outputs, but if you want to connect 2 high resolutions/high refresh rate displays you'll have to use an active DisplayPort adapter? Both the 6850 and 6870 appear to have 1 of the DVI ports hobbled to single link only.

    Edit: I'm seeing very random specs listed on various websites. Some claim 1xDL DVI and others 2xDL DVI for the same card.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    prices have crept back to £150 overnight for the 6850

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    Quote Originally Posted by sadbuttrue View Post
    So let me get this straight. AMD are providing 5 outputs, but if you want to connect 2 high resolutions/high refresh rate displays you'll have to use an active DisplayPort adapter? Both the 6850 and 6870 appear to have 1 of the DVI ports hobbled to single link only.

    Edit: I'm seeing very random specs listed on various websites. Some claim 1xDL DVI and others 2xDL DVI for the same card.
    The cards have a single-link DVI and a dual-link DVI. I can confirm this on both the Sapphire and HIS cards because plugging into the SL-DVI forces the Dell 30in monitor down to 1,280x800, instead of 2,560x1,600.

    Most newer 30in monitors support HDMI, so it should be possible to run two of them together. Assuming you have an HDMI-less 30in panel, an HDMI-to-dual-link-DVI convertor can be used.
    Last edited by Tarinder; 22-10-2010 at 10:52 AM.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    If anything, it is reassuring that AMD are continuing to put pressure on NVIDIA with the pricing of these new 68xx cards. Personally, though, I'm looking forward to seeing how the 69xx range performs. I also would hope that a passive-cooled 67xx or 66xx will be possible and have a large performance boost over my passive-cooled 4650.
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    The pricing on the 5870 looks too high to me. The 1gb is more like £277.
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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    Gotta be quick to get these lads. My 6850 @ £133 is already on it's way

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    I'm just happy there is healthy competition so prices drop.

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    Re: Reviews - AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 cards benchmarked and reviewed

    And the Battlefield, Dirt2 and Crysis benchmarks are where? Unless I'm being completely blind...
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo75 View Post
    Gotta be quick to get these lads. My 6850 @ £133 is already on it's way
    Gotta have a time machine now... I tried to grab one at £133 from Scan this morning but by the time I'd entered my card details it had gone from 'in stock' to 'pre-order'. Booooo!
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