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Friday, 08 October 2010 11:13

AMD Radeon HD 6870 pixellized

Written by Slobodan Simic

Barts GPU ready

The guys over at it.com.cn have finally cleared up the controversy surrounding AMD's naming scheme that has been rumoured for quite some time, and it looks like that the new HD 6800 series performance GPU series will indeed be based on Barts GPU.

According to several leaked slides, the Radeon HD 6870 is going to be based on the Barts XT GPU, while Barts Pro is reserved for the HD 6850. Of course, AMD's higher performance Cayman and dual GPU Antilles based cards should come at a later date. The pictured card is described as the HD 6870 reference design and despite its similarities with the Radeon HD 5800 series, there are quite a few differences as well. The card appears to be as long as an HD 5850 reference card, although it's something that has still to be confirmed.

The rear panel is where all major changes are to be seen, at least on the design side. The exhaust part looks to be a bit wider, and the output selection is a whole lot different. The pixellized card features two DVI, one HDMI and two mini DisplayPort outputs. Although the precise details regarding the Eyefinity aren't revealed, there are some rumours that the card could have a support for up to five displays.

The leaked documents also list a "Eyespeed" feature that hasn't been detailed, but we are sure that more info will show up pretty soon. You can find the original post here.

Last modified on Friday, 08 October 2010 11:29
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+3 #1 fudzillalololo 2010-10-08 11:33
+21 #2 deadspeedv 2010-10-08 11:43
Quoting fudzillalololo:

I guess eyeinfinity is a yes then. Wonder what the naming scheme of Cayman and the dual GPU card might be? HD6890 or HD6950 for Cayman and HD6970 for Antilles possibly
-40 #3 Super XP 2010-10-08 11:53
There's a good chance this naming scheme will back-fire on AMD. They should stick with the original names. But at the same time, I believe AMD is changing the naming schemes to help artificially keep its current Evergreen GPU prices high and to also confuse consumers in thinking the HD 6870 is high end where in rumour it may not be. If the upcoming HD 6870 is not faster than the current HD 5870, there’s a good chance the HD 5870 will cost slightly more vs. HD 6870 despite the fact the HD 5870 is more than 1 year old. In other words, no price drops for current Evergreen Graphics.

AMD stick with the original names please and perhaps change them up a little when you in fact release a “Brand New” GPU Design “Built from the ground Up” such as the upcoming Northern Islands.
+6 #4 Dyno1979 2010-10-08 12:13
For super xp:

If you haven't read other articles it seems that 67xx should provide roughly the same speed as 580xx and that means that 68xx definitely will be faster.

Probably not by 30%, but we'll just have to wait to see ...
+20 #5 spp 2010-10-08 12:23
Yes AMD 8). AMD Radeon HD 6800 series would be the direct competitor against NV Geforce GTX 460 and the radeon comfortably beats the GTX460. So those of you are waiting to buy GTX460 have a superb alternative it has better performance and lower power consumption than Nvidia GTX 460.
+11 #6 eugen 2010-10-08 13:11
no word on 6870 price and power consumption ?
+2 #7 Runadumb 2010-10-08 13:12
I really want to hold off on a new card until the Die shrink refresh but I also am chomping at the bit for a Eyefinity or surround vision setup. I have no need for a new GPU until I find a monitor I'm prepared to buy times 3.
Kinda leaning towards 3D as well so may end up going Nvidia. Will see what is out towards the end of the year.
+4 #8 Blizzard 2010-10-08 14:13
Quoting Super XP:
There's a good chance this naming scheme will back-fire on AMD...

I think you are wrong, AMD is not a bullsh.. company to full others with such manner like some-kind nVidia did with G92b chip to G100, i will explain, from what i read on web, Barts come with 256-bit bus - and what is point to name them 67xx like 57xx - no, last has 128-bit bus!!! and 6870 can't be slower than 5830 with greater improvement on tessellation an brand new modern architecture. 6870 must be successor of 5870!!! but positioned on 5770 market while Cayman on 58xx
about Cayman and Antilles from speculations, some articles mention that whose chips will equip greater BUS than 256-bit and who knows what else...

For now its just speculations, the truth is on the way
-59 #9 nforce4max 2010-10-08 14:30
Is it me or is there far to many fanboys from the red camp that has been rather feral for far to long? -.-

Fap fap fap.

On the side I am not caught up in the hype this round. It is the next generation with 28nm production is what one should be on the edge of their seats.
-11 #10 blandead 2010-10-08 14:34
I think its obvious Antilles will be a dual 6870 card probably named 6970 what I'm wondering is what Cayman is supposed to be, obviously faster than 6870 so perhaps it will be a dual 6850? Possibly named 6950.. that would make logical sense, unless they do a 6890 version like they did with 4890. Will have to wait and see... as for performance yeah 6770 is as Fast or faster than 5870 so from my own opinion I'm predicting the 6870 will be at least 60-80% faster than 5870 realistically, I'm leaning more towards 80%-100% faster, but that is just me being optimistic. Just my own opinion, can't wait for actual benches and reviews! I'm stuck with a 4770 so I'm excited to get my paws on a 6870 or higher, very interested in what Cayman will be so will just have to wait. I hope new decoding is there

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