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Info on HD 6800 cards from MSI and ASUS

Today we will reveal some details on MSI and ASUS products.

More information on AMD new generation graphic cards appear in Internet each day. We have already known some card specification and even seen pictures of real products. Moreover, e-shops are taking pre-orders for these products, which means the prices are set.
Today we will reveal some details on MSI and ASUS products.

ModelMSI HD 6870Asus EAH6850Asus EAH6870
GPU Engine Specs:
Streaming processors11209601120
Core Clock (MHz)900790915
Memory specs:
Memory clock (MHz)10501000no info
SDRAM type1024 MB GDDR51024 MB GDDR51024 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width256-bit256-bit256-bit
Feature Support:
AMD Eyefinity technologyYesYesYes
Shader Model5.0no info5.0
Microsoft DirectX DirectX 11 DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGLno info4.0no info
Bus SupportPCIe 2.1 x16PCIe 2.1 x16PCIe 2.1 x16
3D Stereoscopic supportYesno infoYes
Display Support:
Maximum Digital Resolution2560 x 1600
Maximum VGA Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Display Connectors2x Dual Link DVI, 2x Mini DisplayPort, HDMI2x Dual Link DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI2x Dual Link DVI, 2x Mini DisplayPort, HDMI
Multi Monitoryesyesyes
Thermal and Power Specs:
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W)<150>150<150
Supplementary Power Connectorstwo 6-pinone 6-pintwo 6-pin

From information we have got MSI Radeon HD 6870 based on Barts XT has is a reference design card which means the only difference is the sticker on the cooler housing.

MSI HD 6870

The cards is cooled via double-wide cooling fan. Card’s length is 25cm. The price is yet unknown.

Asus EAH6850 will get DirectCU-ed heatsink which should reduce temperatures by couple of degrees. It will have a non-reference deign PCB with high-quality components and two pci-e 6-pin connectors.

Asus HD 6850

Asus HD 6850 top viewAsus HD 6850 back view

The price of the cards is ~$220.

Asus EAH6870 is likely to also have a reference design board.However, the housing of the cooler is made of aluminum, which betters heat dissipation and lowers surface temperatures by 14C than reference boards with plastic covers. In addition, ASUS cards have support for exclusive Voltage tweaker to set voltages of the components in real time. This, as stated, can increase card’s performance by 50% compared with reference design cards. MSRP is $270.
Manufacturer provides a 3 year-warranty for its products.

Summing everything up, the closest price/performance rival HD 6800 cards is NVIDIA Geforce GTX460 cards. In fact, its GTX460 1Gb vs HD 6870 and GTX460 786Mb vs HD 6850. In HD 5870 vs HD 6870 battle the last one gets bitten, however, it does outperforms HD 5850 by some 5-10 percents.

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