Offers good performance and features, but is pricey
Good performance, great design, wide array of ports, supports HDMI 1.4a for BluRay 3D, good software bundle
Fan gets noisy above 50% speed, expensive
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Due to certain processor related issues, we couldn't cover the HD6870, HD6850 and even the GTX580 on time. Now that everything has been sorted, expect all the reviews including a nice little surprise that we should have ready by next week.
The HD6870 is based on the new Barts XT GPU that was announced earlier this month. The other variant is the HD6850, which is based on the Barts Pro GPU. Since there was much confusion about the positioning of these cards, let me clarify once again. The HD6870 and HD6850 won't be replacing the HD5870/HD5850 or the HD5770/HD5750. Instead, they are introduced to fill the huge price gap that exists between the Cypress and Juniper cards. In essence, they will be competing with Nvidia's GTX 460 graphics card, as they fall in the same price segment.
The 6 series is based on the second generation DX11 architecture codenamed Northern Islands. During this time, AMD has refined and fine-tuned its architecture, while the 40nm fabrication has had enough time to mature to give better yields and in turn squeeze out more performance per watt compared to the Evergreen architecture.
Asus has added its own special touch to this card with some added features like Voltage Tweak, a full aluminum cover and Smart Doctor utility. They haven't added any flashy stickers or anything, just some simple racing stripes and their badge. We really like this minimalist styling approach here.
The Asus EAH6870 comes with the following accessories;