AMD Radeon HD 6870: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6870

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6870 sales 21 October 2010 at a recommended price of $239 . This is TeraScale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1024 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.05 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 134.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 220 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 151 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 16.52 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6870's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
54.32
 
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Code name
Barts
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
21 October 2010
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$239
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$89.99
 
of 4762.99 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1120
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
151 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
50.4
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
2,016.0 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6870's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
220 mm
 
Width
2-slot
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6870: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
1050 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
134.4 GB/s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6870.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 
HDMI
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6870. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
16.08
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
198491.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
26437.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3002.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
3141.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
4218.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
17772.50
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
2736.04
 
 
Passmark
2605
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
2870
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6870. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
213 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6870 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.01
 
 
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
97.74
At recommended settings
86.77
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
69.00
 
medium / 768p
35.70
 
high / 768p
18.40
 
ultra / 1080p
14.30
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
ultra / 1080p
189.00
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
280.00
 
medium / 768p
227.00
 
high / 768p
201.00
 
ultra / 1080p
127.00
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
low / 720p
71.00
 
medium / 768p
66.00
 
high / 768p
53.00
 
ultra / 1080p
43.00
 
Just Cause 2 (2010)
ultra / 1080p
40.43
 
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto (2008)
high / 1024p
62.90
 
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007)
ultra / 1080p
38.50
 
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007)
high / 768p
98.40
 
ultra / 1080p
36.60
 
World of Warcraft (2005)
high / 1024p
94.00
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6870 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 460 v2, which is faster by 2% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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