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Monday, 06 June 2011 11:12

Powercolor shows its HD 6870 X2 card

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Dual HD 6870 comes soon
In addition to the HD 6970 X2 card that is yet to get a release date, Powercolor decided to showcase yet another dual-GPU card that should be available as of next month - the Radeon HD 6870 X2.

The HD 6870 X2, as Powercolor calls it, packs two 40nm Barts GPUs connected via Lucid's Hydra Engine chip and a total of 2GB of GDDR5 memory on the same PCB. It will have a total of 2240 Stream processors, GPUs clocked at 900MHz and dual 256-bit memory interface for those 2GB of 4200MHz clocked memory. The backplate features two DVI, two mini DisplayPort and an HDMI 1.4a outputs.

The new dual-GPU card will need two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors and will be a decent option for those that want to go for HD 6870 Crossfire without the need for additional PCI-Express slot. It also features a Crossfire connector in case you want to daisy chain two of these cards for some quad-GPU fun.

The card is cooled by a rather large dual fan cooler with a total of five copper heatpipes. According to latest details, the card should appear on retail/e-tail shelves sometimes next month with a price of US $449. This means that it will end up more expensive than two HD 6870 cards that are currently selling as low as US $190 a piece, but that's what you get when you pair two GPUs on a single PCB as you got to count for custom cooler and cost of bridge chip.

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Last modified on Monday, 06 June 2011 11:25
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+17 #1 dan 2011-06-06 12:36
Ah, yet another card from AMD that will slap Nvidia silly. More performance, less heat, less noise and less $$$.

Game over, Huang.
 
 
-7 #2 bardenck 2011-06-06 15:07
Quoting dan:
Ah, yet another card from AMD that will slap Nvidia silly. More performance, less heat, less noise and less $$$.

Game over, Huang.



560 TI SLI seen as low as 400 with rebate.

less heat and noise?? if the 6990 is any factor, then you're way off buddy..
 
 
+1 #3 jguernsey 2011-06-06 15:39
Quoting dan:
Ah, yet another card from AMD that will slap Nvidia silly. More performance, less heat, less noise and less $$$.

Game over, Huang.


Wow dan you're a genius. Why not just SLI or Crossfire 2 less expensive cards? The only reason you buy a dual GPU card is for a Quad GPU setup....Which is pointless at this point in time! No CPU can handle the throughput of 4 GPU's.
 
 
+5 #4 Cartman 2011-06-06 15:54
Or maybe you have single pci-ex and OC-ed quad core cpu, rare but possible...
 
 
-7 #5 jguernsey 2011-06-06 16:04
Quoting Cartman:
Or maybe you have single pci-ex and OC-ed quad core cpu, rare but possible...


Good point cartman. I'd like to step your rare status up to very rare and almost mythical.
 
 
-5 #6 bardenck 2011-06-06 16:04
Quoting Cartman:
Or maybe you have single pci-ex and OC-ed quad core cpu, rare but possible...


a motherboard with only one pci-e would more than likely have worthless OC potential, and more than likely a sub par cpu based on the quality of mobo...indeed would be rare to see otherwise, my money would buy two TI 560's for the same price or cheaper and BETTER performance, lower temps, lower noise.....dan(cough)...
 
 
-14 #7 bardenck 2011-06-06 16:37
upon further review.... a 560 NON Ti ($185)($370 for sli) beats out a 6870 everytime(fuds new club 3d 560 review)...hmmmm, sometimes a 460 beats it!!! poor dan boy...shut it
 
 
-4 #8 jguernsey 2011-06-06 16:43
Quoting bardenck:
upon further review.... a 560 NON Ti ($185)($370 for sli) beats out a 6870 everytime(fuds new club 3d 560 review)...hmmmm, sometimes a 460 beats it!!! poor dan boy...shut it


Maybe Dan should toot his horn elsewhere.
 
 
+3 #9 bardenck 2011-06-06 17:02
albeit that price for the 6870x2 could end up lower.... the gtx 460 2win is 349.99, about 50 bucks higher than 460 SLI....
 
 
-1 #10 themassau 2011-06-06 17:47
i think a cpu can have the troughput to do it but the problem is that the games are really bad treated and not optimised for the current cpu's. i have an "old" cpu and it is still running good and can run the current games. so its just stupid that it are console ports. ps i have a 6000+ athlon (90nm)
 

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