Date Joined: 11/06/07
Pros: Simple design, good performance out of the box, memory timings can be improved with ease.
Cons: - still in the pricing bubble that's now slowly dying out
Overall Review: -short card
-doesn't seem to spread gpu workload with different gen gpus in vulkan/dx12. seems like a software limitation or possibly lockdown
Pros: very fast, plays most dx11 stuff at max in 1080p.
small card, will fit in most small cases (not slim).
Cons: AMD Catalyst 12.8 reports it is using PCIe 2.0 x16 although it is plugged into the PCIe 3.0 slot on my ASRock B75 Pro3-M motherboard. I am using an ivy bridge i3 3220 and it's supposed to default to PCIe 3.0 ... at least the Bios recognizes it as 3.0... so this might actually be only inconsistency from the Catalyst interface, but i'd like to find out for sure
Overall Review: I don't think Adobe CS6 is able to use Open CL with this card, and there is very limited information on the web regarding this. Video gets processed very fast, but I believe it's mostly quicksync kicking in.
Pros: the price is great for what you get, 12-18% better performance in crossfire than 2 5850s, according to tom's hardware.
this thing pulls its own weight in any game in 1080p, can't wait to get a 2nd one for a 3 monitor setup
Cons: the naming policy for this card can be misleading. this is the next gen equivalent of the 5770. meaning the "real" 6870 is not out yet, and it will be called 6970.
Overall Review: although it's still 40nm technology - sort of a revamped 5850, i'm sure these cards will be holding good bench scores for a while - with graphics integration on cpu coming up next year, all video performance will spike. With direct x 12 only coming out in 2012... there's no need to wait for better stuff till then