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AMD Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Getting one of these Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire graphics cards allows the gamer to run indie system requirements and some less demanding AAA titles. In today’s PC hardware terms these are considered middle range for gaming performance. Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2019. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 152.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire is running FIFA 20 and delivering strong performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 87 frames per second. Comparing this to Diablo 4 which is predicted to get weak results, where it averages 0 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which is running at 14 frames per second.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at FIFA 20 where it was good. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 150 FPS, Medium: 125 FPS, High: 91 FPS and Ultra: 67 FPS. We added Diablo 4 to our research and predict it will be weak with a 0 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which got 10 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire in your PC? There is around 6-12 months of top end gaming left in this card, at which point its graphics card replacement time, assuming the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire is part of your PC gaming machine.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, as it can run 901 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 131% increased graphics performance. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 70% better and can run 685 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
19 FPS
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The Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire is released on 01 Oct 2010

Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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Architecture
Terascale 2 Barts XT (x2) (x2)
Process
40nm
TMUs
56
Texture Rate
101 GTexel/s
ROPs
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
58 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2240
Driver Support
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Compatibility
Direct X
DX 11.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.3
Resolution (WxH)
2560x1600
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
2048 MB
Memory Speed
1050 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
268.8GB/sec
L2 Cache
512KB(x2)
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
2
DVI Connection
4
HDMI Connection
2
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
900 MHz
Power
Max Power
302 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
Resolution Performance
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Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 6870 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 6870 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 67% better than a single Radeon HD 6870 performing by itself but it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 6870. Expect this combination to draw up to 302 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.


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Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 2% 73%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 68% 137%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6% 73%
Halo: Reach 76% 45%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6% 137%
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 137%
Borderlands 3 11% 82%
FIFA 20 33% 8%
Death Stranding 6% 137%
Need For Speed Heat 3% 73%
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could i run a second one with only 650 watt at 46 amps

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a single 6870 @ 1ghz is only 15% worse than cfx :( I'm disappointed with the scaling

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If you OC it :D

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hey pip if i cfx two 6870's does that result in 2048mb of memory or do they share 1024mb? thank you in advance Pip!

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1GB :D

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that so D: well i was looking to save a pretty penny but i guess 7970 it is

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Have this card "Powercolor 6870x2" its really good, playing Crysis 3 on high settings! =) havn't had so much problems..only with one game really and its Assassins creed 3..where i got some odd frame drops…but im hoping for some crossfire driver support on that game…other then that no micro shutters or anything! if only AMD Catalyst was better ;) hehe

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For those who wish not to waste PCI Express 3.0 Cards on their aging PCI Express 2.0 boards but still strive for the diamond standard!

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What do you mean waste? Pci-e is backwards compatible and suffers no performance loss.

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Backwards compatible, yes. No loss of performance? Certainly Not! As memory bus width gets larger, you need a wider communications bus for that memory! It is conceived that memory bandwidth has outpaced PCI Express 2.0, so PCI Express 3.0 was developed.

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No. Imagine if you will a highway. Say pci-e 2.0 is a highway with 400mph limit, and pci-e 3.0 is 500mph limit. A car that goes that fast doesn't exist (car=gpu in this case)… So yes, NO preformance loss

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Grrr…… You do prove a valid point… As a man of respectful nature, I submit to your correction. However, one question I have to postulate; if Expansion modules for PCI Express 2.0 have not reached the barrier as you propose, then why superfluously bring on the next generation if it is not needed?

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