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.
|Model||MSI HD 6870||Asus EAH6850||Asus EAH6870|
|GPU Engine Specs:|
|Core Clock (MHz)||900||790||915|
|Memory clock (MHz)||1050||1000||no info|
|SDRAM type||1024 MB GDDR5||1024 MB GDDR5||1024 MB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface Width||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit|
|AMD Eyefinity technology||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Shader Model||5.0||no info||5.0|
|Microsoft DirectX||DirectX 11||DirectX 11||DirectX 11|
|OpenGL||no info||4.0||no info|
|Bus Support||PCIe 2.1 x16||PCIe 2.1 x16||PCIe 2.1 x16|
|3D Stereoscopic support||Yes||no info||Yes|
|Maximum Digital Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|Maximum VGA Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Standard Display Connectors||2x Dual Link DVI, 2x Mini DisplayPort, HDMI||2x Dual Link DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI||2x Dual Link DVI, 2x Mini DisplayPort, HDMI|
|Thermal and Power Specs:|
|Maximum Graphics Card Power (W)||<150||>150||<150|
|Supplementary Power Connectors||two 6-pin||one 6-pin||two 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.
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.
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.