Alleged Radeon HD 6870 photos leak out

While the next generation of Radeon cards will lose ATI branding, you can sleep soundly knowing they’ll still sport black shrouds and red cooling fans. IT.com.cn has leaked a couple of official-looking images of the Radeon HD 6870, showing a dual-slot card with a very rectangular design, a neat wave motif surrounding the blower-style fan, and five display outputs. You can view the images over at TechPowerUp—I can’t seem to find the originals on IT.com.cn.

By the way, one of the images mirrored by TechPowerUp suggests this 6870 card will be based on a "Barts" GPU. A presentation slide leaked recently suggests that Barts GPUs may be on par with current Radeon HD 5800-series offerings. Barts XT, the quickest variant, apparently has lower floating-point performance, memory bandwidth, and texel fill rate than the 5870. Maybe that’s why most other stories have said that Barts XT will materialize in a Radeon HD 6770 card.

We should find out the truth soon enough, provided the rumor mill isn’t completely off the mark. Last we heard, AMD was expected to announce its Barts GPU on October 18. Other stories have pointed to a November release date, but that’s still not far off.

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    • MrBojangles
    • 9 years ago

    It just looks like every other photo of a stock high end ati card just with a 6870 on the side……so what’s the right response here……..yay????

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    I like that port arrangement. Two DVI for the monitors I have and two DisplayPorts for the monitors I want. Good.

    • ultima_trev
    • 9 years ago

    If true, this would be terrible news.

    Even if HD 6000 series is just a refresh, it should be faster than HD 5000 series, not slower. Even though I’m sure Barts XT’s performance will be at least 95% of HD 5870’s, there’s nothing compelling about it for current HD 5850 / 5870 owners… even if it’s priced at half as much (and we all know it will probably be at least, if not MORE expensive).

    It looks to me that Cayman won’t truly surface until 28nm is in full force and there’s no telling when that will be. Might not even be part of the HD 6000 series, rather HD 7000 series.

    This is AMD saying “screw you” to the enthusiast, much like nVidia with constant G92 rebrands and locking out SLI from non-nForce chipsets, or Intel with 1+ grand extreme edition CPUs and new sockets for every new generation/price class in this post Nehalem world.

    Looks like my next config will be Via/S3.

      • Fighterpilot
      • 9 years ago

      What a load of rubbish.Why would someone who paid nearly $400 for a 5870 be drooling over a card which is likely to retail for $200-$250?(Barts XT)
      Cayman XT WILL be released on 40nm this year and will blow a 5870 away.
      OMG what”terrible news” !!! AMD is “screwing” its customers!!
      I think you mean screwing wannabe NV Focus Group drones.

        • ultima_trev
        • 9 years ago

        Lets wait for official reviews and pricing before dismissing my rant as rubbish. In my experience, being optimistic never pays off, even though I’m hoping with every fiber of my being that the revelation of Barts being branding as HD 6800 is a rumor that is proven false. Only tech savvy people (which are in the minority) would know HD 5870 to 6870 wouldn’t be an upgrade, while the masses of OEM Acer/Dell/HP shoppers would be deceived and possibly end up paying more for less.

          • can-a-tuna
          • 9 years ago

          The name is not that important rather than better price/performance/watt it delivers. Of course it is a bit stupid/confusing if its truly named x800 series and cannot match previous gen x800 series.

          • flip-mode
          • 9 years ago

          You have to wait for the full 6K line to launch before you make a judgement on the product naming. I hate naming shenanigans more than most, but if it’s done for the right reasons then that is fine.

          • Voldenuit
          • 9 years ago

          Agreed, especially when the 6850 shows up at Best Buy with a $100 tax a la nvidia GTX 460.

          It’s obvious to me that AMD is renaming their product lineup because they want to charge more for their new cards than people are used to paying for a midrange card, so they are ‘bumping them up’ the order by renaming them as a product people associate with enthusiast level products.

          The 58xx cards have already had a $50-100 tax on them for ages, it is naieve to think that this won’t be repeated (or exacerbated) with the 6000 cards.

          • Waco
          • 9 years ago

          l[

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Could be true, but I hope not. If worst comes to worst, I expect that they will lower the prices for the 5xxx, then getting another one to Xfire could be a path?

      • GrimDanfango
      • 9 years ago

      No point going off into a blind rage based purely on your own speculation. Even if they do shift the naming and put Barts XT in the 6870, why on earth would they price a similar/lower performing card with a more efficient/smaller core more expensive than the existing card? It wouldn’t be competitive, and they wouldn’t sell any cards! Whatever they happen to name it, it’ll be priced to fit into their lineup wherever it fits.

      Besides, all this ranting is based off of one leaked slide, which may very well have wrong information, or a simple typo… how’s about we all just wait for some definite information? 🙂

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 9 years ago

      I could care less for an “enthusiast” card.
      I want mainstream price/performance.

        • Voldenuit
        • 9 years ago

        Except with the 6800 you may get mainstream performance at enthusiast prices. 🙁

        As others have commented, we’ll have to wait for full pricing information, but I am not optimistic.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    This generation, instead of being called NI northern Islands, should be named MC, Mayor Cocktease geez!

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      +1 LOL

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Wait a minute, I’m confused.. If Barts is 6800.. then what about Cayman XT & Pro and Antilles? I thought Antilles is a double gpu on one card..

    p/s:Maybe there’s already one in Damage Labs!?

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    I’ve heard that the new cards are going to be magical! And revolutionary!

      • BlackStar
      • 9 years ago

      But they don’t play games…

      • odizzido
      • 9 years ago

      I heard they come with pixies

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    So now we know it’s PCIe and not fanless. The rumors are quashed.

    • khands
    • 9 years ago

    I’m so tired of the rumors around these cards, I just want them released already so we can get a proper review and stop wondering.

      • paco
      • 9 years ago

      There are people who need to know what’s coming out early such as people making,selling or reselling them. They aren’t supposed to say anything, but they do and that is how the rumors are started. If tech sites would stop posting these rumors or AMD would crack down on the leaks by enforcing their agreement they would go away.

        • khands
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not that I don’t like them in general, but there’s been a lot about these cards in particular and conflicting ones at that.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Same thing goes for the slates, it is driving me nuts.

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