MSI Radeon HD 6870 Review
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- Packaging and Design
- Test Rig Specs
- Benchmark: Unigine Heaven, 3DMark Vantage
If you care about Eyefinity, efficient power consumption, good performance, HD3D, DisplayPort 1.2 and all the new technologies introduced in the Radeon HD 6870, it is the logical purchase you should make.
Power Consumption, Temps
Benchmarks: Power Consumption and Temperature
The biggest advantage Radeon HD 5000 series had over the GeForce 400 pack was that it consumed far less power under load, and therefore the chips ran a lot more cooler (and quieter). This time around, AMD claims to have made even more efficient improvements to the design and with a cutback in the total transistor count, we expect that the Radeon HD 6870 would have total power consumption and temperature pretty much comparable to the Radeon HD 5850 despite having a significantly higher clock rate.
The system power draw with the Radeon HD 6870 installed was pretty much inline with AMD’s official numbers of Idle draw of 19W and maximum power draw of 151W when under full load.
Despite having higher power draw compared to the Radeon HD 5850, the card runs relatively cooler with a GPU temperature of about 85 degrees about thirty minutes into a stress testing run of FurMark. What’s more interesting is that the fan speed never went over 55% even under full load. The Radeon HD 6800 series definitely can run far cooler than the Radeon HD 5800 series if both fans are allowed to run at 100% speed.