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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:12

Asus readies overclocked Barts

Written by Fudzilla staff


El Barto taken off Ritalin
A retailer has posted some early listings of two Asus HD 6800 boards and both of them are factory overclocked, making them just a tad more interesting.

The HD 6850 DirectCU is clocked at 790MHz for the core, which is still just a slight overclock from the reference 775MHz speed. The memory runs at 1000MHz (4000MHz effective) and the card packs 960 shaders, although the listing states it has just 800.

Asus' HD 6870 is clocked at 913MHz, just 13MHz over the reference clock but we still don't know the memory clocks.

Despite rather modest clock boosts, both cards should offer a superior cooler, so they might be worth looking into. The HD 6850 is priced at $218, while the 6870 should sell for $270. These are still early listings so take the prices with a grain of salt.
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-75 #1 Tr0y 2010-10-19 14:57
One more advantage of NVidia cards is: You can overclock them like hell. E.g. GTX460: stock clock: 715MHz. Overclocked: 950MHz

With ATI/AMD almost no overclocking is possible.
 
 
+41 #2 AndreiD 2010-10-19 15:18
I'm sure only nvidia cards can overclock. You need pixies and fairies in your ATI card to get a performance boost.
I think these guys used black magic:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-hd5850_3.html#sect0
 
 
+2 #3 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-19 16:04
No pics? :-|
 
 
+16 #4 loadwick 2010-10-19 16:16
I really hope this pathetic excuse of an overclock is not an indication that the cards are already maxed out and there’s hardly any head room left to overclock.
 
 
+4 #5 Jaberwocky 2010-10-19 16:37
ATI cards have always been almost maxed out.I remember when i owned a 2600XT.Could only get an extra couple of percent out of it.The reason i suspect the GTX460 was such a good overclocker was in fact that it was underclocked so as not to step on the 465-470's toe's performance wise.That's why it was a bit of a bargain after you overclocked it.With no toes to step on the Next ATI range have probably had their clock's pushed at the factory already.
 
 
+20 #6 thetruth 2010-10-19 16:48
Quoting Tr0y:
One more advantage of NVidia cards is: You can overclock them like hell. E.g. GTX460: stock clock: 715MHz. Overclocked: 950MHz

With ATI/AMD almost no overclocking is possible.


Is it your life's goal to post the same thing on every article? We don't care about your 460. Or about you, for that matter.
 
 
-3 #7 Nerdmaster 2010-10-19 17:52
Why on earth do you want to overclock cards anyway? If they get toasted then you cannot rma them (you won't get replacement). That's why it is safer to get a pre overclocked board.

Nvidia underclocked 460 in order to lower power consumption and advertise it as an efficient card. But at the same time they say that is an exelent overclocker (which is true). But then the efficiency is far worse (naturally with the overclock).
This is a very clever marketing trick. It works with Nvidia so why Amd does not do it?
 
 
+15 #8 Nerdmaster 2010-10-19 17:57
Quoting Tr0y:
One more advantage of NVidia cards is: You can overclock them like hell. E.g. GTX460: stock clock: 715MHz. Overclocked: 950MHz

With ATI/AMD almost no overclocking is possible.


6870 does not need an overclock to beat 460 and it consumes less power than 460 stock (nvidia -1 advantage). So you don't need to overclock. Also 6870 has 3d support (nvidia -1 advantage) and better d11 performance than 5870 (nvidia -1 advantage) and is smaller than 460 and cypress (nvidia -1 advantage)
 
 
+9 #9 hellfire 2010-10-19 18:40
(talking bout no OC potential on ATI cards) well both of 5850 ive tested went over 1Ghz and thats +38% already. Still thats with overvolting. Without it they both crossed 900Mhz line, thats nearly +25%. Both times they were stable. Still 6850 is 775Mhz stock...hm..hoping for 1Ghz at least, but well who knows
 
 
-18 #10 canerpense 2010-10-19 18:58
You Nerdmaster sir, has failed so hard.

1)GTX460 1GB has a 160W TDP and HD6870 150W. 10Watts for god's sake.
2)When two cards are OC'ed GTX460 1GB is the winner.
3)HD6870 LOAD temps are around 78*C NON-OC'ed.
4)How many FPS are you planning to get from a "3D" surround system, with a HD6870? 0-20FPS? Yet a 3 screen, non 3D eyefinity setup averages around 35FPS.
5)They really shouldn't have made a new card and name it 6870 if it was slower than 5870. Also it's slower than 5870 at DX9 and DX10.
6)GTX460 is about the same lenght and both cards will fit any ATX case.

So, get over it. :-*

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Why OC? A GTX460 1GB @900mhz gets an average boost of %25 performance compared to reference clocks.
 

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