MSI R6870 and R6850 review

By on October 25, 2010
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The mainstream hill has a new king. Or two.

Editor's Score

The Verdict:
The mainstream champs.

While AMD (ATI back then) had the high-end market covered with the HD 5800 series and lower-end with the HD 5700 and 5600 series of DX11 cards, the mainstream market that hovers around the $200 mark was always out of their grasp. This gap was quickly filled in by Nvidia with the GTX 460 retailing at the sub-$200 price point. Now with the 2nd generation of DX11 GPUs on the horizon, AMD has decided to shake up the competition a little.

And in doing so, they have also shaken up the consumer a little, at least at first sight. The AMD HD 6800 series, as the name may imply, is in fact not a replacement for the HD 5800 series of cards. The HD 6800 series retails at the sub-$200 price while performing as good as the HD 5800. That’s a hell of jump from one generation to the next, given the pricing.

Let’s take a quick look at the current and next generation cards out in the market.

Specs wise the HD 6870 and 6850 seem at a disadvantage, given the low number of transistors and no shrinkage in die size, but figures don’t always make facts.

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