Etc.

Yep, I’m a little late but hard at work on my Radeon HD 6800-series review. I’m writing like the, uh, wind, trying to come up with a full slate of text, so you have the usual and fulfilling experience of skipping directly over it to get to the benchmark results. Wouldn’t want you to miss that.

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    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    I quite enjoy the articles here. Other websites offer benchmarks and similar methodologies for testing, but it’s not the same. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, as they say. >>

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Yo Scott, I hope you can give us an idea of what AMD plans to do in other market segments. Higher-end than these cards is OK to know about and while I’m sure many enthusiasts are at least interested in the information it’s not where the majority of the market lies. I am most interested in knowing what AMD plans to do below the 6850…if it’s really just going to be straight-up rebadges I will be quite disappointed.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    So Scott/Geoff/anyone else, what is the E.T.A. of the new radeon review??

    I have plans to make you know πŸ˜‰

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 9 years ago

      “When it’s done.” I believe that Damage likes to keep us guessing about when a review will pop up on the front page. The GeForce GTS 450 review was actually one of the earlier ones out last month.

      • DrDillyBar
      • 9 years ago

      I know he knows I know *twitch*

    • Dually
    • 9 years ago

    After reading Anand’s review (sorry, TR, I’ll read yours too!), I ordered a GTX 470. That will at least tide me over until the 69XX cards are out.

      • mduncan62
      • 9 years ago

      It doesn’t appear that the price drops on the 470/460 cards has hit newegg yet. I would wait until they do, as it’s supposed to be nearly $100 each card…..

    • Decelerate
    • 9 years ago

    I’d rather have a complete review than what Anandtech pulled out yesterday, having me periodically re-visit the article, not knowing if it’s “done” or not.

    I want Gigabyte’s 6850 with dual fans, but can’t find it in stock in Canada!!! πŸ™

    Edit: Oh, and I’m the type to read the first page or two and then skip to the conclusion and work my way backwards.

      • glynor
      • 9 years ago

      I totally agree. I read the Anandtech review last night, and couldn’t believe they decided to publish it like that.

      I often will skip the intros on reviews and get right into the meat of it, *[

      • demani
      • 9 years ago

      That’s pretty much my route too. First find out what it is. Then find out the big picture. Then get the nitty-gritty details and see where things lie within my realm of interest.

    • emorgoch
    • 9 years ago

    Skipping to the benchmarks? Screw that. I’ll skip right to the conclusion, and then read the benches if something peaks my interest πŸ˜›

    • mduncan62
    • 9 years ago

    Already have a 6870 on the way. Hope the review supports the decision on an early purchase…. Replacing an old GTX280.

      • glynor
      • 9 years ago

      I bought one last night too (the ASUS one, which appears to be slightly OC’d in the box).

      Replacing a HD 4870. Mostly I want the new HDMI and UVD features, like the bitstrreaming support, as it is going in my HTPC hooked up to my Denon AVR, but I’m also excited about the performance improvements.

        • anotherengineer
        • 9 years ago

        I’m tempted, but I think I will wait for the end of year/new year sales for an ssd instead, and see what’s available come spring πŸ™‚

        I paid 215 for my 4850 when it was probly out for 4 months, so the 6850 is a pretty decent deal.

    • JoeKiller
    • 9 years ago

    I read all your articles buddy front to back. Thanks for the effort!

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Same here, so keep up the good work. I do no skipping as your whole team’s articles are a work of art!

        • DrDillyBar
        • 9 years ago

        The first 2 or 3 pages are the best part.

          • Bauxite
          • 9 years ago

          I expect massive amounts of random refererences and puns along with different coins in the pictures, otherwise it won’t meet TR standards.

            • DrCR
            • 9 years ago

            haha!

            I hope TR never sells out. I don’t know where else I’d go.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    It depends when I read the review. If it’s the first review of the product on the web, I usually read it all the way through, even when it’s ponderous and uninformative (shakes fist at Kyle).

    By the fourth or fifth review today, I was skipping ahead to the benchmarks. πŸ˜›

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    I read the whole thing. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

    • mslowe7187
    • 9 years ago

    Maybe its finally time to replace my 4870? Should I go 6850 or 6870?

      • finchyo
      • 9 years ago

      Defiantly get the 6870, I have replaced my 4870 with this.

        • mslowe7187
        • 9 years ago

        Is it worth the upgrade? I’m gaming at 1080p and my 4870 is still pushin near 50, 60 fps on the games I play at full graphics

          • glynor
          • 9 years ago

          I just bought one to upgrade my 4870 in my HTPC (which runs at 1080p of course).

          Probably not worth it from a purely performance perspective, really, but that’s not why I did it. Sure, in certain newer games, you’ll get a better experience (particularly Metro 2033), but not in most slightly older or less demanding games you won’t see much of a “real-world” difference.

          However, the 5xx0 and now 6xx0 series cards have a BUNCH of improvements when it comes to “other stuff” that matters in a home theater context, particularly the audio support and UVD improvements. Also, the Anti-Aliasing support is WAY better, and the AF support is actually working and not quasi-broken like the 4xx0 series cards.

          I wanted to switch over to a 5000 series card for a while now to enable DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD audio (and to enable real digital surround support in games). But since I game at 1080p, and the 4870 was fine for everything I play, I just couldn’t see spending the money for a 5850 card. I could have bought a 5770, but that would have been effectively paying good money to go nowhere in performance (and slightly backwards in a few cases).

          My trigger finger was itching at the GTX 460, but I decided to wait for the Barts GPUs to launch, and I’m glad I did.

          HDMI 1.4 is a nice bonus too, for if I ever replace my HDTV.

            • mslowe7187
            • 9 years ago

            Wow thanks for the info!

          • MadManOriginal
          • 9 years ago

          If you get that kind of performance in games you play with your current setup, no. The card you have has already depreciated to its fair price/performance value so you wouldn’t be better off selling it now to buy a replacement either and may as well wait until there’s a game that doesn’t play well with it.

      • Trymor
      • 9 years ago

      Maybe you would do better investing in a SSD as a second (or third) drive to put your favorite games on. That might give you a better ‘experience’ than a new video card at the current time…

      • DrDillyBar
      • 9 years ago

      I agree; 6870 for me!

    • tam1138
    • 9 years ago

    See, it’s funny: I read the up-front stuff, then skip the benchmarks and head straight to the conclusion. :p

      • Game_boy
      • 9 years ago

      Same. Especially with TR, the important part is the write-up. Benches are pretty much the same across sites.

      • DrCR
      • 9 years ago

      Indeed. TR => Trusted Write-Up, Trusted Conclusion

      • Shobai
      • 9 years ago

      +1

      I end up reading everything up to the system config page, then skim reading the graphs and subconclusions, and start reading again when the power consumption and thermal info starts to appear.

        • dashbarron
        • 9 years ago

        Ditto for me, usually skip the benchmarks and check the conclusion. Thanks TR!

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, it’s like you watch me read your review or you can read my mind! I hope you, at least, compare the 6870 to the 470 series it seems to be destined to compete against.

    Seems like HardOCP was in such a rush to get anything up online, they didn’t bother to compare the 6870 to its main competitor in performance, just in price. I read in several places for about a week now that nVidia was going to lower their prices on the 460 and 470 to compete, so there’s no excuse for being caught off guard.

    I’d also love it if you actually had a delay so you could go and test the new drivers and AA feature before giving your final review. You know. To let people see what the card will be like for those who buy it.

    Non-final drivers with incomplete features that would be complete if you just went back and updated your drivers seems like a pretty incomplete “review” to me. Closer to PREview, HardOCP.

    I do like what AMD has done about bringing a massive performance increase down into the +/- $200 segment. Especially their bringing the larger memory bandwidth down into it.

    Looking forward to seeing Caymen/69×0. And then seeing what nVidia’s paper launch of GF 580 shows for specs. (Santa, make the 580 a more powerful, but cooler-running and quieter 480 for less than $500! I believe in the miracle of Christmas!)

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    Is there innuendo there? Wind and Slate all in the same sentence? Maybe a review of an MSI Wind tablet?

      • Mourmain
      • 9 years ago

      Just FYI: “innuendo” implies sexual allusions.

      • DrCR
      • 9 years ago

      Online dictionaries are your friends if you want to try to sound smart with some unwonted word choice. πŸ˜‰

        • TREE
        • 9 years ago

        Just goes to show what a dirty mind he has.

          • Trymor
          • 9 years ago

          But he’s a Mormon, doesn’t that mean no dirty thoughts allowed?

            • DrCR
            • 9 years ago

            No, they just redefine what dirty means

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        An innuendo is a baseless invention of thoughts or ideas. It can also be a remark or question, typically disparaging (also called insinuation), that works obliquely by allusion

        That’s the definition that I got. Nothing dirty about that. In fact, it fits perfectly, semantically, for the sentence I was trying to construct.

    • Ryhadar
    • 9 years ago

    Hey, if you’ve got time can you explain what’s going on with the DL DVI + SL DVI connectors on the card? Some sites make it sound like it’s DL + SL DVI always for the 68xx cards and others make it sound like it’s up to the vendor to make that distinction.

    I’m assuming it’s the latter but I’d just like some concrete verification.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Scott: how bout you just publish the benches and we’ll all tell you what to say πŸ˜‰

    • wabbit
    • 9 years ago

    So far, it looks like a direct replacement for HD48xx line… My 4850 is going to be retired it seems.

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    I’ll skip to the conclusion.

    Can you do a Value For Money graph?

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      lolz conculsion

      I want Source engine bench’s with comparisons to some older series, ie 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870

      Make the review worth waiting for Scott πŸ™‚

        • FuturePastNow
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah, people who buy midrange cards are on a budget, and are replacing an older midrange card.* That should be the focus of the comparison.

        *That’s me, anyway

          • Voldenuit
          • 9 years ago

          It might also be interesting to compare SLI performance for cards like the 460, since there may be 460 owners who are contemplating a new 6870 or getting a second 460 card.

      • Lans
      • 9 years ago

      I’ll probably jump to the last page too, scan through a few pages, but then finally start reading it from the beginning… XD

    • ReAp3r-G
    • 9 years ago

    Thanks Scott. Will be waiting patiently for the review.

    • DancinJack
    • 9 years ago

    I’d really like to see compute performance up in these cards. Hopefully a little?

    • finchyo
    • 9 years ago

    6870 for

    • finchyo
    • 9 years ago

    looking forward to the review even though I have already ordered a 6870, a nice upgrade from my 4870 512mb.

    • TheEmrys
    • 9 years ago

    I actually read the conclusion first, and then start at the begining.

    • Firestarter
    • 9 years ago

    Please include some screenshots of that MLAA thing!

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    l[<"a full slate of text"<]l Writing the article on your pre-release /[

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    See if you can incorporate references to Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, kittens and maraschino cherries. THaT WoulD BE tHE AWeSSOME !!!1!

    • Ditiris
    • 9 years ago

    Hey, we read the summary too. Make sure that’s riveting.

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