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Review: AMD Radeon 6870 Crossfire Benchmarks and Review

Martin is dual graphics card mad this week putting two 6870's through their paces to see just how they compete against todays big hitters


In recent months we’ve seen the launch of AMD’s 7XXX series, with a plethora of high performing cards, the only problem with this launch, for the budget orientated mind, is that the price of the newest cards has also increased.  While the 79XX series are quite the performers, they don’t replace the price segment that their 69XX series replacements did, altering AMD’s price/performance structure, this is why I look to the performance offered at the price of two previous generation mid-range cards, as in my opinion, and as the graphs show, they offer a lot of performance for their price.
Currently on CCL, the only 6870’s are the XFX 6870’s which come in at 123.86 inc vat each, so for a crossfire set up you’d be looking at sub 250 quid, which in today’s pricing structure would net you a 6970, while being around 40 pound short of a 7870. So let’s see how these mid-range cards from 2010 perform in this day.

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My set up

The set up that I’ll be using in this review is my own personal system; this system consists of the following;
2500k @ 4.6GHZ
Asus Maximus IV Extreme
8GB (4 X 2) Corsair XMS @ 1600MHZ CL9
2 X AMD 6870’s (Reference clocks)
2 x OCZ 60GB Solid 3’s (RAID 0)
Dell P2310H 23” 1920X1080
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit


In this review, I’ve used the following synthetic benchmarks and games;

3DMark 11 (Performance Preset).
Aliens Versus Predator.
Assassins Creed Brotherhood.
Dawn Of War 2 Chaos Rising.
Bioshock 2.
Crysis Warhead.
Dirt 3.
Dead Space 2.
Lost Planet 2.

The driver that I’ve used for the review has been consistent throughout, and that is 11.10 beta driver with 11.9 Cap 4. For the actual testing, I played a ten minute sequence through each game which I’ll explain in each section for the respective game, or for the synthetics, ran the benchmark with the settings that I’ll explain at each section of the respective synthetic benchmark.