ASUS HD6870 Crossfire EXCLUSIVE Review


ASUS HD6870 Crossfire Review


We postulated at the start of the review whether the HD6870 really could be the new King of the rarely mentioned and quite wordy "two cards for the price-of-one but with buckets of performance" sector of the market previously held with a fist of iron by the 4770xf and then 5770xf.

So does it?


Whilst the performance of the single card is still not bad, alright, pretty good, and other slightly disappointed adjectives, when paired with another it's breathtaking.

In 3D Mark Vantage it leaves all of the single cards of the last generation for dead, including the HD5970. In many tests it is up there with a HD5870 Crossfire setup, such has been the improvement in the quality of Crossfire scaling.

The extra memory overclock we managed to obtain really gave us a benefit too. With a pure Core overclock there is very little to be gained, but once the memory is pushed upwards too there definitely is a bit of performance to be had. Just not mind-blowing levels.

Crossfire is really where it's at if you're looking to upgrade from a 5 Series card, or even switching across to ATI from nVidia. If you don't plan on going Crossfire then we'd wait for the full-fat 69xx cards to appear.

Results are definitely good enough that the ASUS 6870 deserves a Bronze award, and we're also going to award our Performance award for it in Crossfire as there is no denying the potential there.

       and for Crossfire 

Thanks to ASUS for supplying the 6870 for todays testing. Discuss in our Forums

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Most Recent Comments

22-10-2010, 05:54:43

You always amaze me with how quick you jump on these reviews and have them out.Quote

22-10-2010, 06:00:59

That's why we all love OC3DQuote

22-10-2010, 07:30:39

Great review and let’s hope the 6900 series delivers the full potential of these cards!Quote

22-10-2010, 07:42:30

Was hoping for more bang than that but as the same as the 5xxx once the drivers get sorted out I imagine we will see a big jump in improvement so cant wait for that. Would love to see these OC'd to there limit if there as stable as tom said with out even turning up the voltage.

Also glad to see these push the 460 prices down Quote

22-10-2010, 08:59:23

Seems that AMD have caught the infection from Nvidia and are selling us the same cards from their last generation with a bit of small improvements which gives me an idea of their marketing team (just call it a new name 6870 and everybody will think its super and it will sell like hot chocolate)


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