So it's time to have a closer look at the retail products. First off, above is the packaging so you know what to look for in the stores.
Above, you can spot the HIS Radeon HD 6850. The cooler is anything but reference, it comes with a middle seated 80mm fan and is heatpipe based. Overall very silent, but we'll show you that in out tests of course. The cooler used on the R6850 is more than sufficient and under hefty stress the fan will rotate at 30 to 40% of its RPM capacity. A very inaudible product, quite good looking as well.
The card is not at all reference,and comes with one DisplayPort 1.2 connector, one HDMI 1.4a connector and two DVI connectors of which one is single and the other dual-link. If you have a very high resolution monitor at 2560x1600 and connect your card to the single link connector, your resolution would be limited to ~1920x1200 or something close. Use the dual-link connector, and you'll have the full 2560x1600 resolution available. This of course only applies to the two DVI connectors.
The backside of the product reveals something interesting, the PCB design diverts from the reference design in many ways. This is as custom as it gets, including an ocean blue color. AMD allows only one CrossfireX connector on there, meaning a maximum of two cards in CFX mode is supported, only clean looks and design catch our eyes...
Located at the backside we spot one 6-pin power connector. This card only peaks to roughly 120W, so 75W is supplied through the PCIe slot, and the other 75W through the 6-pin PCIe PEG connector. This card will offer great performance per watt. The card is 9-inches long by the way.
One last photo of the product, here we have the card set up and being tested in our test platform. Quite a lovely sight really, but then again we have this entire dark/black thing going on in our chassis. But let's have a peek at the Radeon HD 6870, as customized by HIS.
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