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HIS HD 6870 Turbo 1GB GDDR5 review

HIS HD 6870 Turbo - Turbocharged 6870

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Overall rating 7/10
Faster than reference cards
Performance does not justify price
Only mildly overclocked
Warmer than reference cards

Test Setup & Results

Test Setup and Results

To evaluate the HIS HD 6870 Turbo, we’ll be using our X58 setup with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

The key comparison here will be between the HIS HD 6870 Turbo and a reference Radeon HD 6870 as we are interested to find out how much of a boost the slightly uprated clock speeds of the HIS card can provide.

Since the basic performance of the Radeon HD 6870 SKU has been established in our original Radeon HD 6800 series article and we've also furthered that with a Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire performance article, we've decided to cutback on the number of tests for this card rather than running the usual suite of benchmarking tests. As such, we'll be testing only 3DMark Vantage, Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2. These games will give us a good idea of the card’s performance.

The list of cards tested and their driver versions:

  • HIS HD 6870 Turbo 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.10)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.10)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.9)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.9)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.96)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.96)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.96)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB GDDR3 (ForceWare 257.21)

The list of benchmark used are as follows:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2