"Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 review also features the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850. Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 uses the Barts GPU at 900Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4200Mhz. Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 1120 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. We will be testing the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 and Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 using Aliens Vs Predator, Bad Company 2, Dirt2, Just Cause 2 and Metro 2033 Games."
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 has a new architecture with a total of 1120 stream processors and 56 texture units delivering massively parallel computing power for graphics and other accelerated applications. Its core clock speed of 900MHz, together with a dedicated high speed interface to 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050MHz (4.2 Gb/s effective) delivers class leading performance. It boasts a very modest active power consumption and, using Dynamic Power Management, the card has a super low-power idle mode."
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6870 FEATURES
Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
"GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth."
"The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card."
AMD HD3D Technology
"Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software."
40nm Process Technology
"Cutting edge manufacturing process allows for efficient, high performance parts which use less power than their predecessors."
ATI Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)
"Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)."
ATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology
"Triple or Quadruple gaming power withATI CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology.ATI CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system."
"Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz."
"HDMI 1.4a builds on previous generations of HDMI connectivity with support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC."
"Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution of 2560 x 1600 the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors."
Microsoft DirectX 11
"Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery with Sapphire graphics cards supporting DirectX®11. New features in DirectX®11 such as Hardware Tesselation, HDR Texture Compression, Multi-threading support and DirectCompute bring lifelike gaming and an experience never possible on a PC before."
OpenGL 3.1 and 3.2
"Supports the latest OpenGL API (Application Programming Interface) to accelerate performance of applications outside of DirectX®, i.e. Adobe Autodesk 2D/3D graphic design."
Shader Model 5.0
"Supports Shader Model 5.0 feature set including VTF (Vertex Texture Fetch) which is a key feature used extensively in many of the games that ship today. Without support for this feature the game will fall back to a lesser shader path resulting in the loss of cool, lifelike effects made possible by Shader Model 5.0."
ATI Catalyst Control Center
"The ATI Catalyst Control Center software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC."
Accelerated Video Transcoding
"Massively parallel architecture and support for common shader transcoding instructions accelerates video encoding / transcoding way beyond what was possible with the CPU only."
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 is 900 MHz Core Clock, 40 nm Chip, 1120 x Stream Processors, 1024 MB Memory Size and 256bit GDDR5 4200 MHz Memory. Specification - Output 1 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x HDMI 1.4a, 2 x Mini-DisplayPort and 1 x Single-Link DVI-D. Software - Driver CD, Sapphire TriXX Utility, Accessory CrossFire Bridge Interconnect Cable, D-Sub Adapter, Mini-DP to DP Cable, 6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable and HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable."
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6870 INDEX