Radeon HD 6870 

Released December, 2010
  • 930 MHz
  • 1 GB GDDR5
7 Out of 10

On the other hand, if you can spend the money and are afraid of doing overclocking yourself this offers an added value over the reference design.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
Thanks to the higher clocks out of the box it has a 3% performance advantage over reference design HD 6870's which is decent but not spectacular.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2011)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 6870 among Desktop GPUs


Radeon HD 6870
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon HD 6870
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Radeon HD 6870
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon HD 6870
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 6870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
184.71 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
54.73 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
14.5 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
28.45 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Battlefield 3

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Crysis 2

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 6870

Power consumption of the MSI HD 6970 HAWK is slightly higher than the reference design, actually exceeding the numbers we are seeing on the faster HD 6950.

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Increases to voltage help the card with overclocking, but it is still not enough to pass the 1000 MHz barrier.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
Another important point to mention is the excellent overclocking potential we have seen on our HD 6870.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
This also results in additional headroom vs. NVIDIA's products if someone is willing to invest a bit of time to do overclocking.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)

Multi card

It makes almost full use of the available height, so "breathing space" in a CrossFire configuration could be quite limited.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
The HD 6870 CrossFire might work out for you if you have just enough dough for one card now, and the scope to add a second card later.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
So the bottom line is that the HD 6870 CrossFire setup is more of academic value than something you should look at purchasing without knowing all your options that will be available in the next months.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)


There may be some optimization here in the thermal settings because the card clearly consumes less power - so it should be quieter too.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
More advanced changes like different thermal solution or PCB changes are not allowed by AMD at this time.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
At this time add-in-board partners are not allowed to make any changes to the PCB, components or thermal design of the HD 6870 so the possible changes are quite limited.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)


But then, it is the maximum configuration of the HD 6870, you cannot add a third of fourth card later, if you need more performance.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
In the second BIOS, MSI has placed a low-noise optimized version of the normal performance BIOS which does a decent job reducing noise levels.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2011)
The new AMD Radeon HD 6870 offers substantially increased performance compared to the HD 5770: up by 56.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)


I hope this is really just an oversight on AMD side and that the media playback clocks can be optimized some more.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)
Last but not least, AMD has positioned their new cards at such reasonable price levels that make full HD DirectX 11 gaming available to the masses.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Barts XT
Market Desktop
Clock speed 930 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon HD 6870 900 MHz 1 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,120
Texture mapping units 56
Render output processors 32
Compute units 14
Pixel rate 29.76 GPixel/s
Texture rate 52.1 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,083.2 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,050 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 4,200 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 134.4 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 151W
Idle noise level 39.3 dB
Load noise level 50.6 dB
Idle power consumption 112W
Load power consumption 283W
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Have two of these cards running in crossfire, both with modded vBIOS. I have been very impressed with their ability to keep cool (72*c) with a custom fan profile, while running at 970mhz each and I haven't even bolted on their water blocks yet. With Skyrim's settings maxed out in 1080 (using RadeonPro) I am seeing a frame rate averaging around 90-110fps. However, they still cannot seem to stably run The Witcher 3 for some reason. When it will run I get a frame rate of 42fps (at medium 1080 settings).
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