AMD Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 Video Card Preview

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The AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Card

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

At first glance the AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 video card looks identical to the Radeon HD 6850 video card.

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

It is only when you take a tape measure to the card that you notice this dual-slot card is actually more than one inch longer. The AMD Radeon HD 6870 PCB measures 10.5″ in length. 

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

The back of the Radeon HD 6870 is very similar to the Radeon HD 6850, but notice the GPU coolers fan shroud hangs over just a bit at the end of the card. The Radeon HD 6870 doesn’t have any  GDDR5
memory visible on this side of the PCB either.

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

Notice at the end of the video card the Radeon HD 6870 has no power connectors along the butt of the graphics card. This is because they are located along the top edge of the card. 

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

This picture better shows the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors that are located along the top edge of the video card.

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

The video connectors on the card are the same as the Radeon HD 6850.

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card

  As you can see the AMD Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6870 video cards look great, but sadly we can’t mention their specifications, show their performance or talk about pricing.  You’ll have to wait until later this week in order to see that! 

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