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AMD 6870 and 6850 Confirmed


AMD 6870 and 6850 Confirmed

AMD has today officially unveiled the names of its upcoming new graphics cards and they are the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and AMD Radeon HD 6850. So no surprises there then, given that AMD has now dropped the ATI brand, and the previous generation cards had naming schemes along the lines of the HD 5870 and HD 5850.

We've also been given permission to publish images of the cards so you can get a glimpse of what's in store.

The new cards build upon the technology developed in the previous generation but rather than being direct upgrades from the above cards, AMD has repositioned them in the market. However, we can't yet talk about the specifics of what you can expect in terms of performance.

Also visible from these pictures is the new video output configuration, which consists of two mini-displayport, HDMI, and two DVI, making for a truly monster number of display options.

The overall design of the cards has also changed slightly with less of a bat-mobile look and feel and more of a... strawberry gateau(?) vibe, thanks to the black and red layer effect.

Of course the real proof of the pudding will be in how it performs and how much it costs, both of which we will be able to reveal to you very shortly. So, if you're looking to upgrade your PCs gaming performance or get the best from graphics cards accelerated programs like Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Premier CS5 then keep your eyes peeled over the coming days.

Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly implied that the HD 6870 was the new flagship product in AMD's graphics card range. This has now been corrected to more closely reflect how these cards should actually perform.


October 19, 2010, 10:35 am

These aren't the new flagship. AMD in their infinite wisdom have decided to confuse everybody and make money in the process. The 6870 is the successor to the 5770 not the 5870 (although it clocks around the 5870). The real flagships are due next month and will be based on the new Cayman chip as opposed to the Barts chip that these are based on.

Holding off buying a card (for my parents PC) till these are released (friday) to see if there are a few price drops. They don't need the higher end stuff but might go as far as a 5770 or a 260GTX depending on prices. Will last a long time.


October 19, 2010, 3:27 pm

they are gonna be cheap as chips to thwart the mighty sales figures of the GTX 460, also Nvidia are letting AMD have all the lime light by defo NOT leaking rumors about the GTX 580


October 19, 2010, 4:43 pm

Why do they have to use Mini DisplayPort? Why not just use normal DisplayPort 1.2?


October 19, 2010, 8:04 pm

Loving the external casing, just a shame that the board partners will slap hideously ugly stickers all over it with glue that doesn't come off without using a solvent that damages the underneath finish. Not that I'm bitter through personal experience or anything...


October 19, 2010, 9:36 pm

Just to add to Runadumb's comments, the 'real' next gen cards are supposed to have the 69XX tag for Pro and XT versions. Yes, we are going back to the bad old days of Pro's and XT's for card names. Do their PR team really think they are simplifying it for their customers?


October 20, 2010, 3:22 am

Lost my ATI/AMD faith recently with a 5850. I kept getting "slideshow lag" in Battlefield BC2. This was on any driver you care to mention. My mate had the same thing with the same card. So we both ebayed the 5850s and bought 460 GTXs. Neither of us has had the problem since.

As far as naming goes, I agree their system could be a bit more transparent. That said, any PC enthusiast reads the reviews, checks their wallet and knows exactly what they want to buy, however daft the naming structure. They don't just wander into PC World and have a look at the shelves.

At least, I hope not :o

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