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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:39

Non-reference HD 6850 from day one

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Factory overclocked boards coming next week

We had a nice chat with one of the AMD AIB partners and according to solid info AMD allowed partners to design the HD 6850 PCB by themselves. This means that, from day one, all of the HD 6850 might be different in some way as partners will certainly try to differentiate from the competition.

This move by AMD explains the Sapphire blue-PCB HD 6850 that was pictured recently and we are sure that all partners will come up with their own PCB. We were also told that we won't wait long to see factory overclocked and special edition cards, as these will be ready pretty soon, during the first week or two. The cards are apparently being finalized and partners are surely testing to find the overclocking sweet spot.

On the other hand, the HD 6870 will be offered as an AMD reference design, while non-reference boards, as well as the factory overclocked ones will come at a later date.

We still don't know the overclocking potential of the HD 6850, but we will probably get a clear picture ones first reviews start to appear.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:05
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+26 #1 spigzone 2010-10-20 18:36
*cough* ... Cypress and Barts are pin compatible ... *uncough*
 
 
+8 #2 arclight 2010-10-20 18:42
Better cooling solutions right after release sounds like great news. I wonder if this strategy (overclocked versions of the same core with higher prices) will be kept in the years to come once the GPUs move to the CPU (i think intel might have already done this, i mean 2 CPUs with same clocks but different clocks on the integrated GPUs). Or maybe this will not work since the integrated GPUs will always remain underpowered compared to discrete video cards. They will probably remain in the CPU just for their "logic" which works better in some types of applications like rendering, etc.
 
 
+19 #3 The_Wolf88 2010-10-20 19:21
Com'on AMD Bring 'em on !!
 
 
+22 #4 droid_hunter 2010-10-20 23:17
this is a test:

AMD Radeon rulez!!!
 
 
-36 #5 droid_hunter 2010-10-20 23:18
this is a test:

Nvidia Geforce rulez!!!
 
 
+19 #6 nele 2010-10-21 00:26
It's a test alright...

A test of my patience... :-*
 
 
+5 #7 Super XP 2010-10-21 02:40
It would be nice to see a single slot cooler for the HD 6870. I am cool with having only one DVI, one HDMI and one DP.
 
 
+8 #8 thaad 2010-10-21 04:43
Quoting droid_hunter:
this is a test:

Nvidia Geforce rulez!!!


Friend.. Nvidia news & technology still far behind AMD now..

Nvidia fail because they attemp to change the ghaphic card to others function. So who buy Nvidia card for playing game is not satisfied with money spend..

Nvidia still thinking now.. LOL
 
 
+1 #9 Nerdmaster 2010-10-21 09:09
Quoting droid_hunter:
this is a test:

AMD Radeon rulez!!!

Quoting droid_hunter:
this is a test:

Nvidia Geforce rulez!!!


We have seen many similar "tests" and we know the results (even if you or anybody else does not like it).
 
 
+2 #10 thomasg 2010-10-21 18:24
It is clear AMD has won this generation, but let's not forget we need competition for price wars and innovation. If Nvidia goes under, we all suffer. They need to get their **** together or AMD will rule the marketplace and no we won't have any more high-performing graphics cards at good prices. About the only thing Nvidia did right this generation was GTX 460, but we have the 6870/6850 to thank for it.
 

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