AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Review Roundup

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While most of our counterparts released AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 reviews at 10 p.m. EST this evening, one website just could not wait a second longer and published earlier today. Now that the official release date has arrived, reviews are cropping up all over the internet. Unfortunately, Overclockers.com’s sample is still in the mail, but stay tuned for our review coming soon. To tide you over, I.M.O.G. shared what he learned about the new architecture at AMD’s release party in Los Angeles last week: Official AMD Radeon HD 6850/6870 Performance Specs Released.

HD 6870 (Courtesy TweakTown)

HD 6870 (Courtesy TweakTown)

After reading several reviews, it appears as though the 6800 series does not provide a major performance boost over its 5800 series predecessors. The consensus seems to be a more efficient, cost-effective option providing a moderate increase in performance in some applications/games.

How do these cards perform? Are their significant enhancements in image quality? How do these stack up to NVIDIA offerings? Once Overclockers.com gets our hands on a review sample, we will have more concrete answers to these questions. For now, check out some reviews from around the internet:

PC Perspectives:

“The Radeon HD 6800-series didn’t bring a drastic change to the GPU market like the HD 5800 series did; the architectures are just too similar for anything like that to have happened.  AMD should be proud of the release though and now that they finally have a solid answer to the $200 question, I am sure product managers there will sleep better at night.”

Legit Reviews:

“The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series of video cards retains Radeon HD 5800-class performance, but brings new features and better efficiency to the table.”

Hot Hardware:

“One word aptly describes AMD’s latest Radeon HD 6800 series GPUs: Refinement. AMD’s goal was to drive cost and power consumption out of their architecture, along with enhancing its capabilities, features and image quality in next-generation DX11 gaming engines. To that end we’d say the company has succeeded masterfully.”

TweakTown:

“While not as strong as the HD 6850 when it comes to overall value, the HD 6870 hits the spot by performing in between the HD 5850 and HD 5870 at that mid $200 pricce point. AMD are no doubt working hard to lay the smack down on NVIDIA.”

More reviews will be published over the next few days, including one right here at Overclockers.com.

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Update 10/22/10 9AM: JMKE from madshrimps.be has a more complete roundup prepared this morning. If looking for more, refer to his links in the comments below or head over to their madshrimps.be roundup article.

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  1. diaz
    Hmm... so the 6000 is not a performance increase per se, mostly an efficiency yield? I guess they just reorganized the chip and made it interact better, less power loss, and improvements on some features such as AA and tessellation?


    It could be considered a great performance increase actually, which is why a lot of reviews are almost "glowing". It's just the performance increase is in the midrange market... Can't wait to see what the top range looks like, and it will be really exciting if the top range comes as soon as has been implied.
    I'm sure that this first batch of cards was also to find out the yields Amd had on the new Dies and to find clock/clock efficiencies. They may still have some tweaking to do before releasing the top dogs. ;)
    Hmm... so the 6000 is not a performance increase per se, mostly an efficiency yield? I guess they just reorganized the chip and made it interact better, less power loss, and improvements on some features such as AA and tessellation?
    blkdoutgsxr
    Why are the new 6850s cheaper then the 5850s?


    Come on guys, read through the posts and articles.

    The 6850 isnt meant to be the successor to the 5850. 6950 is going to replace the 5850.

    Now, the 6870 is meant to replace the 5770 but its beating out even the 5850's. Probably one of the best buys ATM in my opinion.
    blkdoutgsxr
    Why are the new 6850s cheaper then the 5850s?


    Put Nvidia in their place. :sn:

    Before I hear it from all over...that was sarcasm...kinda...
    Agreed, and it doesn't matter what AMD compares against except that it shows their intent. Other than showing intent, its coming from the manufacturer so it can be taken with a grain of salt (I would expect they would show you a card their stuff beats before they'd show you a card they are almost as good as, or are exchanging blows with).
    I.M.O.G.
    @Zantal: No they are not the top of the 6000 series. After the 58XX were out, ATI brought out the 59XX. AMD is comparing the 68XX cards against GTX 460s because thats the market they are targeting with these..
    which they both beat handily! Problem is, Nvidia dropped their 470 price to $250 now which in the eyes of consumers (or maybe just me) pits those two against each other...
    Some other places have implied the naming adjustments were made to make room for fusion at the lower/budget end of the market. I did not get that out of the AMD press thing last week, but it could be true... I mean the timing does fit.
    So wierd seeing the x870 / x850 named as "not top of the line" anymore.

    Though at that price nice. Might have to see how the new top of the line branch sits guessing with x970 / x950 numbers but the 6870 looks like a very nice card I could enjoy, low power consumption, nice speeds, and probably can OC very nicely.
    @Zantal: No they are not the top of the 6000 series. After the 58XX were out, ATI brought out the 59XX. AMD is comparing the 68XX cards against GTX 460s because thats the market they are targeting with these.

    Laoag24
    Which would be better? 2x 5770 CrossfireX or 6870?


    6870 imo.

    Define "better".
    I want a HD6990 / HD69970 CF setup for my upgrade, unless I hear news of Nvidia's next "generation" of cards. Solid cards, they manage to beat their competitors (The GTX460 768 and 1GB variants) well whilst using less power.