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PowerColor Radeon 6870 X2

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Posted July 20, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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Introduction

The Radeon 6000 series graphics cards have proven to be popular with consumers, with models ranging from entry to behemoth to satisfy just about any budget or gaming desire. Similar to taking a modest CPU and overclocking the snot out of it to achieve much higher performance, its quite exciting to see a couple of mid-range GPUs paired up onto a single PCB to transform into a gaming powerhouse. It’s also quite rare, in fact.

And the latest in this seldom seen marriage is from PowerColor, as they’ve decided to take two 6870 chips and twin them up onto a single card, aptly named the 6870 X2. What PowerColor forgoes in points for originality of naming conventions they make up for with innovation. The reason is quite simple: not only are dual-GPU cards rather rare, but this card was designed from the ground up without any help from AMD. The 6870 X2 is not an official model in AMD’s graphics card fleet, so what we have for review today is something from even more unusual.

With claims of beating a GTX 580, this new PowerColor card has some big performance numbers to hit in order to reach that goal. It doesn’t come cheap though, but it certainly is a behemoth, at least in size. So let’s take a closer look at the PowerColor 6870 X2 and see if this beast can impress us on the test bench.

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