XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition (Dual Fans)
Another new card is being used for the 6870 sample, again a model which has just been released and in this case it is XFX’s dual fan 6870 Black Edition.
XFX package their GPU in a box which has a similar look to the 6850 dual fan edition that we recently reviewed. The product name is most prominent followed by a couple of logos on the card features. Inside we find the bundled items which include software/documentation, software discs, CrossFire bridge, case stickers and a case badge.
In the section above we mentioned the 6850 dual fan Black Edition from XFX having a similar box design. Well the same can be said of the cooler too. In appearance they are almost identical with the main differences being the larger section to the right of the fans which covers the longer PCB on the 6870 and the addition of a third direct touch copper heatpipe on this model.
XFX have gone with four outputs on this card and they are two DVIs two mini DisplayPort connectors and a full size HDMI 1.4 port. It is possible to connect 3 or more screens by using the DisplayPort/DVI connectors for Eyefinity gaming and also worth noting is that the card is capable of passing through 7.1 audio, including DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Powering the card we have two 6pin power connectors, which supply the 150w of power and these point out the top of the PCB which is ideal for compact systems.
Underneath the cooler we have the 40nm Barts GPU which contains 32 ROPs and 1120 stream processors. Connected to this 940MHz core via 256-bit bus is 1GB of GDDR5 which XFX set to 1150MHz. Finally, the 6870 Black Edition supports DirectX11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 5.0, Blu-Ray acceleration and stereoscopic 3D.