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Friday, 22 October 2010 14:20

XFX rolls out its own 68x0 Barts

Written by Slobodan Simic

Reference clocked cards but a custom designed HD 6850

Together with the rest of the AMD AIB partners, XFX has also launched its own Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 cards. Both of the cards feature reference clocks and bring support for DirectX 11, AMD's Crossfire and Eyefinity.

XFX made sure that you know what card is in your system by launching a custom designed card with in-house cooling and a unique XFX backplate. Not only that, but XFX's 6850 comes with 100% Japanese capacitors.

The XFX HD 6870 works at 900MHz for the GPU and 4200MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory. It comes with a reference dual slot blower-fan cooler. The XFX HD 6850 also works at reference 775MHz for the GPU and 4000MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory. As noted, both cards feature a rather unique backplate as XFX decided to replace the stock exhaust grill with XFX logo.

The HD 6870 is selling with a suggested price tag set at US $279.99, while the HD 6850 has a suggested price tag set at US $219.99.

Last modified on Friday, 22 October 2010 18:33
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-15 #1 yourma2000 2010-10-22 15:51
is it me or is the XFX artwork of the grill upside down?
+4 #2 Blizzard 2010-10-22 16:18
Quoting yourma2000:
is it me or is the XFX artwork of the grill upside down?

its you :-)
+11 #3 yourma2000 2010-10-22 16:30
Actually no it's not since it will be face down anyway when it's in a system, my bad :P
+1 #4 thomasg 2010-10-22 16:36
Darn it I thought they were talking about a plate on the back of the card to improve cooling! I'm not awake yet.
0 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-22 16:53
Backplat, what for? They don't have caps ot memory chips on the back to cool. It would have been just added wight and cost.

I find it nice to see red connectors. I wonder why only XFX have opted for them while the rest mostly have ugly whiteish plastics.

@Simic, the 6850 sells for $209 on newegg and 165€ on schottenland.
+7 #6 stun 2010-10-22 17:31
I was going to buy XFX last night, but it is $40 more expensive than other brands.
So I did NOT buy it in the end. Hopefully, they'll lower it to MSRP soon.

I don't understand why they're charging more than others.

I love XFX, but I'm saying the reasonable thing that they're overcharging.
XFX 6870 was at $279 last night around 2AM EST (but now $259 just checked on Newegg).

Why am I being down voted? lol
Whatever money you save is the money you save.
+13 #7 thaad 2010-10-22 17:54
This XFX has breake heart by Nvidia.

It must show up what they have to the heart breaker.
+3 #8 MrScary 2010-10-23 12:47
480 is going to be send to oblivion next time 6970 appears:

Radeon HD 6970 (Cayman XT) 3DMark Vantage test scores in the floating around X12000, on Unigine Heaven (1920x1200 4AA + 16AF) environment setting speed 36.6 frames.

With the platform GTX 480 3DMark Vantage access X9309, on Unigine Heaven (1920x1200 4AA + 16AF) speed 29.5.

Undoubtedly Radeon HD 6970 (Cayman XT) will be single card King, in the same condition than GTX 480 performance more than 10%, from the test run with repressive power.

Game over nvidiots
+1 #9 Tom Kamkari 2010-10-24 11:56
To be honest I never liked xfx with Nvidia and I don't think I like them now with ATI. :lol:
Tom Kamkari: http://tomkamkari.blogspot.com/
-1 #10 Tom Kamkari 2010-10-24 11:59
Also like to point out that 3dmark vantage scores and other benchmarks of that kind, don't represent the performance in games so they don't mean much, unless you are a benchmarker and purely looking for high benchmark scores, otherwise at 1900 x 1200 you would have a hard time telling once card from the other.

but the 6970 looks to be a monster.

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