1 – Meet with SAPPHIRE’s Radeon HD 6870
After having tested ASUS Radeon HD 6870, let’s test today another Barts XT based product, this time branded SAPPHIRE! I would like to say thanks to Konstantin and Bill from SAPPHIRE for this sample. FurMark already loves it
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 follows AMD instructions: reference board and clocks. This HD 6870, based on a Barts XT GPU (1120 shader processors), come with a 900MHz GPU and 1024MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1050MHz real speed 4200MHz effective / QDR speed. More details on the reference Radeon HD 6870 can be found here: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Launch Day: Meet Barts XT.
SAPPHIRE’s HD 6870 is a Direct3D 11 and OpenGL 4.1 capable graphics hardware (SAPPHIRE’s website has not been updated, still OpenGL 3.2). The card also support OpenCL 1.1, the standard GPU computing API. Bart XT is the second generation of DX11-class GPU and hardware speaking, AMD’s GPU offers nice prestations.
SAPPHIRE’s HD 6870 is priced at around 210 euros (see here for more prices).
Here are some pictures of the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870:
Many more Hi-resolution pictures of SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 can be found here:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 Gallery – (14 pictures total).
SAPPHIRE’s bundle includes the following components:
– CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
– D-Sub Adapter
– Mini-DP to DP Cable
– 6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable
– HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)
In the overclocking side, SAPPHIRE’s product is a nice piece of hardware as we’ll see it inthe iverclocking part of this review. What’s more, SAPPHIRE develops its own overclocking utility called TriXX. We’ll use it for pushing the HD 6870 to the maXX!