VisionTek Radeon 6870 1GB
There’s quite a bit of information to process with the launch of the 6800 cards, but there are a few major ones to note. The first is that the 6870 technically isn’t a successor to the 5870, even though we saw the performance is almost identical. The reason is that the 5870 was the flagship model, but the 6870 isn’t. Believe it or not, it’s much lower on the performance ladder of the new 6000 series cards. While some may scoff at the same performance displayed, it must be remembered that this "mid-range" gaming card actually matches the previous flagship model. That’s pretty impressive when you think about it. We are still baffled, though, by AMD’s decision to name the cards so similar and yet they are not the successors to the previous models. It will be confusing to consumers in our opinion.
There are also some other appealing new features brought into the mix, notably 3D and tessellation, though these really do appeal to a very small niche market at this point in time. Our gaming results showed a bit of a mixed bag where a couple game titles were concerned; likely new drivers will hopefully fix that, as it’s not uncommon to see this with the initial launch, particulary of a whole new generation of products.
Against the GTX 470, the 6870 does reasonably well but stumbles in a few games, so there’s some consideration to take into account there, plus the lack of PhysX and CUDA obviously can be a factor, particularly if you’re into Folding @ Home. Where things get really interesting is regarding price. Nvidia has dropped the prices of the GTX 460 and 470 cards, in an apparent effort to stave off the competition with these particular 6000 series cards. The VisionTek 6870 retails for $240 USD, while a GTX 470 now costs $260, only $20 more. So the price difference is rather minimal. The question then becomes what does each card bring to the table? Well, it depends on your preferences and criteria: temperatures, noise, PhysX, and triple screen gaming, are factors that can influence your decision.
However, we do know that VisionTek 6870 can be overclocked very far and with little effort, so at this price point, the gaming horsepower and value is impressive. There’s no real knockout punch here today, but AMD’s Barts release appears to be well positioned against the competition with more cards on the way. But for those that don’t want to wait or who are on a somewhat modest budget, this VisionTek Radeon 6870 is an excellent option.
VisionTek Radeon 6870 1GB