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. 1 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 12.22 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6870's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
47.90
 
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 now
$89.99
 
of 6300 (Quadro RTX 6000)

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
 
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
151 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
50.4 GTexel / s
 
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
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 

Memory

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
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
1050 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
134.4 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
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
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark 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

12.22

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

26437

3DMark Fire Strike Score

3002

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

3141

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

4218

3DMark Vantage Performance

17773

Passmark

2611

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

2870

Mining hashrates

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

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6870 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum Radeon HD 4850
recommended Radeon HD 7950
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 8600 GT
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

HD 6870
recommended GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Counter-Strike: GO on Radeon HD 6870.

ultra / 1080p
189
 
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

HD 6870
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Diablo III official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 7800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 4870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Diablo III on Radeon HD 6870.

low / 768p
280
 
medium / 768p
227
 
high / 768p
201
 
ultra / 1080p
127
 

Mass Effect 3

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Mass Effect 3 official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 7900 GT
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Mass Effect 3 on Radeon HD 6870.

ultra / 1080p
60
 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim official system requirements.

HD 6870
recommended GeForce GTX 260

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Radeon HD 6870.

low / 720p
71
 
medium / 768p
66
 
high / 768p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 

Civilization 5

2010

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to Civilization 5 official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 7900 GS
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Civilization 5 on Radeon HD 6870.

ultra / 1080p
42
 

StarCraft 2

2010

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to StarCraft 2 official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum GeForce 7600 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 650

FPS tests

Real world test results of StarCraft 2 on Radeon HD 6870.

ultra / 1080p
80
 

World of Warcraft

2005

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 6870 performance compared to World of Warcraft official system requirements.

HD 6870
minimum HD Graphics 530
recommended GeForce GTX 960

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warcraft on Radeon HD 6870.

high / 1024p
94
 

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, which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

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