Right then, here we have the 10.5-inches long Radeon HD 6870, the stronger brother (roughly 20 percent) of the two. We find the performance of this card to be quite interesting alright. Again a very similar cooler design, nice black PCB and dark coloring scheme.
At the front side exactly the same monitor connectivity, two Display port 1.2 connectors, HDMI 1.4a and two DVI connectors (only one dual-link). By the way, the single link DVI connector will get you up-to a monitor resolution of 1900x1200 by the way. However, we have a dell 30" LCD monitor at 2560x1600, if I connect it to the single link port, I get half the bandwith and the monitor will get stuck at half the resolution at maximum, in this case 1280x800.
So don't worry too much about it, unless you have an ultra high-res screen, for which we recommend the Displayport connector anyways.
At the backside here also we spot one CrossfireX connector/finger at the top right side. This means this card can also be setup in CrossfireX 2-way mode only. We expect that the upcoming Cayman based graphics card (6900) will get two CFX fingers though.
At the top side (as the board is a little longer) we spot two 6-pin PCIe PEG headers, the board has a rated TDP of 151W, each 6-pin PCIe PEG connector can carry 75 Watt and the PCie bus another 75W. These are of course theoretical figures, a PSU can push through much more.
Here also a nice photo of the product alive and in action in our test-setup. Somehow, as these are always the more beautiful product photos. Anyway, let's continue with the article, next up is 1080P Video processing.
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