HD 6870 with Core i7-975 benchmarks at Ultra Quality quality settings

With current 1024 MB RAM, the HD 6870 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. It is important to know that HD 6870 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between HD 6870 and Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz has less than 15% bottleneck in many games and can cause minor FPS loss. View Current Price List

AMD Radeon HD 6870
Price $ 199 5/5 Excellent
Year 2010 1/5 Weak
Series HD 6870
Maximum Recorded Temperature 86C 1/5 Weak
Max Fan Noise 59dB 1/5 Weak
Recommended Power Supply 501W 3/5 Good
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz ($179.99)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0 FPS 5/5 Excellent
CPU Impact on FPS % 0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 42 FPS 2/5 Acceptable
Average 1440p Performance 0 FPS 1/5 Weak
Average 4K Performance 0 FPS 1/5 Weak
Memory 1 GB 2/5 Acceptable
Overall Combination Score 54/100 Good
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Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Game Frames Per Second
2014 Thief
25 FPS
2013 Battlefield 4
38 FPS
2013 Bioshock Infinite
44 FPS
2013 Company of Heroes 2
32 FPS
2013 GRID 2
38 FPS
2013 Metro: Last Light
24 FPS
2013 Total War: Rome 2
46 FPS
2012 DiRT: Showdown
29 FPS
2012 Far Cry 3
33 FPS
2012 Hitman: Absolution
39 FPS
2012 Sleeping Dogs
43 FPS
2011 Batman: Arkham City
51 FPS
2011 Battlefield 3
29 FPS
2011 DiRT 3
61 FPS
2011 Portal 2
108 FPS
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
23 FPS
2011 Total War: Shogun 2
62 FPS
2010 Civilization V
38 FPS
2010 Metro: 2033
34 FPS
2010 Starcraft II
57 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
30 FPS

Resolution 2560x1440

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Resolution 3840x2160

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HD 6870 Specifications

Board Design

Board NumberC222
Length8.66 inches 220 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP151 W

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock900 MHz
Memory Clock1050 MHz 4200 MHz effective

Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
GenerationNorthern Islands (HD 6800)
Launch Price239 USD
Release DateOct 21st, 2010

Graphics Features

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5

Graphics Processor

ArchitectureTeraScale 2
Die Size255 mm²
GPU NameBarts
GPU VariantBarts XT (215-0798000)
Process Size40 nm
Transistors1,700 million


Bandwidth134.4 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit
Memory Size1024 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

Render Config

Compute Units14
Shading Units1120

Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance2,016 GFLOPS
Pixel Rate28.80 GPixel/s
Texture Rate50.40 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

It’s obvious that when Shakespeare penned this famous quip, he was foretelling the arrival of AMD’s Radeon HD 6800-series cards. Wherefore art thou, Radeon 6700?... “What’s in a name?
AMD Radeon HD 6870 - Verdict To some extent it feels that AMD has been a victim of its own success. A case in point is the 5850, a graphics card that has managed to keep it's pricing above the £ ...
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We expect the Radeon HD 6870 to be slightly slower than the 5870, while the Radeon HD 6850 should be slower than the 5850, just don't pay attention to the tricky naming.
The AMD Radeon HD 6870 represents some major improvements in the sub-0 video card space, but Nvidia solutions can provide a bit more performance for the same price.
The Radeon HD 6870 is slower than Radeon HD 5870. Radeon HD 6850 is slower than Radeon HD 5850. It's confusing, we know, but AMD has what it considers a good explanation for the naming scheme.
Launching today are the first two members of AMD’s HD 6000 series. At the top end we have the Radeon HD 6870, a card utilizing a full-fledged version of AMD’s new Barts GPU.
The Radeon HD 6870 is the larger, more capable member of AMD's new 6800 series lineup (the other newcomer is the Radeon HD 6850). Priced at a respectable 9 (as of October 21, 2010), this ...
The Radeon HD 6870 has a small memory bandwidth advantage at 134.4 GB/s, versus the Radeon HD 5850 at 128GB/s. If you like, go here for a look at the previous generation architecture side-by-side ...