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HIS HD 6870 Turbo 1GB Video Card Review

Rating: 9.0.

KitGuru has already reviewed many AMD HD6800 series cards and we have been impressed with the competitive pricing and mid range performance. The GTX460 dominated the market for many weeks but AMD finally stepped up to the plate.

Today we are going to look at the new HIS HD6870 Turbo Edition Card, which while featuring the same reference AMD cooling system, is supplied with modest overclocks. None of the leading manufacturers have yet to release a custom cooled HD6870, so it looks as if we will have to wait a while longer.

Many overclocked cards are hand picked from the production line to ensure that RMA's don't prove to be an issue long term.

AMD HD6870
HIS HD6870 Turbo
Core Clock Speed
Stream Processors
Frame Buffer
Bus Type
PCI Express 2.1
PCI Express 2.1
Memory Width/Speed
256bit, 4.2GBPS
256 bit, 4.48GBPS
Power Connectors
Dual 6 Pin
Dual 6 Pin
Display Outputs
2xDVI + 2x mDP + 1 HDMI
2xDVI + 2x mDP + 1 HDMI

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  1. Very nice overclocking. the 6870’s seem pretty close to their limits. I wonder will anyone be able to sell one at 1ghz core with a custom cooler down the line? I dont think so. might be 950mhz will be the limit for these retail.

  2. Seems a good buy, but the 6850 would be my choice as they overclock so well. seem basically the same limits as the 6870s on the core anyway.

  3. HIS are really good. I think their reputation is a little unwarranted. ive owned a few of their ATI (Amd?) boards in the past and never had an issue. I would wait on a custom cooled one though, these reference coolers are never wonderful. 80+c on these cards seems rather high, id like to see mid 70s. which a reference cooler wont deliver.

  4. Very nice, but HD6850 is more in line with what I want. im buying one at christmas then another in the new year. should keep me going for years. I like the 1080p tests here. I cant afford a 30 inch screen and find those results hard for me to work out. maybe a lot of people own a 30 inch screen, lucky bastards 🙁

  5. Good card, they all are though. not sure id pay £20 for a bios update, unless the card is a hand picked model then it seems worth it. sadly HIS dont mention this, so I would assume they are maybe just from a specific batch with good yield.

  6. A problem I always have is with reviewer samples. If this card is £20 more for 20mhz core increase and its identical, then it seems a bit expensive. Granted the memory is much higher than reference, but I think most 6870s hit those speeds anyway.

    Could very well be HIS hand pick reviewer samples. but its hard to know.

  7. IM furious. and will lodge a complaint with OCUK. I bought this last week for £240. its down to £215 on their site now. fucking pissed off.

  8. IM furious. and will lodge a complaint with OCUK. I bought this last week for £240. its down to £215 on their site now. fucking pissed off.

  9. You know, this would have been great to test against a 580 if you used both HIS cards in Crossfire. Actually, where is your 580 review?

  10. Real shame they didnt use a custom cooler on this 🙁 makes them all more attractive. Are AMD blocking custom designs still or has that not passed?