XFX HD-687A-ZNFC HD6870 1G ATI-AMD Graphic Card
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- Radeon HD 6870
- 900 MHz
- 1 GB
- DirectX 11
- OpenGL 4.1
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The card is huge, make sure it will fit in your case before a purchase. Be aware the card itself is 10.3 inches long, Amazon lists it as over 12 but that is in reference to the box it comes in, not the card itself. The card is also rather heavy, as you would expect for something so large, even though my case has plastic fasteners that would secure it in place I still had to use screws to keep it from sagging and putting pressure on the pins.
The only concern I had with this card was approximately one week after installed, the fan starting running very loudly even when not under load, I'm not sure why it started all of a sudden but it was easy to fix by going into the catalyst controller and un-checking the manual fan speed control box. Not a big deal but it was rather jarring to hear my computer sound like a wind tunnel on start up.
This card was my first GPU that was not an nVidia, and the selling point between the two for me was the the power consumption and temperature of the AMD cards. I've never had a problem with nVidia but so far I'm very impressed with the radeon 6870 and AMD is quickly capturing my brand loyalty.
Photo editing in Lightroom is a real treat now compared to my previous setup which used two Apple Cinema displays running at only 1920x1080 each. Also for programming purposes, it's a real pleasure to now have 8 huge Emacs windows open side by side across the two screens. The card allows hooking up 2 more monitors, but I think my brain will not be able to wrap around so much screen real estate.
Whether you build a Hackintosh or looking to upgrade your Windoze machine, this card is an excellent choice.
You might wonder why this is a five star rating. It's been a long and frustrating road for those of us trying to use the target display mode. There were a couple of really-old-generation cards that could do it. Due to some kind of flaw in the 5xxx series, only the 5870 could do it, and that was just too much to pay for a card that wouldn't be used to its full capabilities.
These 6870 cards perform almost as well as the 5870, at a far lower price point. Total win, as far as I can tell. I've left an older NVIDIA card in the machine so parallel stuff can run on its chipset.
Based on what I see at the ATI/AMD site, the drivers might be a little shaky, but I have not see any evidence of that yet.
-1080P gaming at high settings on all games (between 35-55FPS)
-VERY quiet under load
-decent temperatures. So long as your case has adequate ventilation, you'll be fine.
-Overclocking. This thing overclocks like a friggin champ. I took the clocks up to 1120/1250, where it was completely stable under furmark for ~20 hours. It could go all the way up to 1150/1300, but there would be artifacting, and it would crash after ~5 minutes using furmark.
-For the price, (I paid 120$), you'll never find a better bang for your buck. This card performs a bit better than a 650 Ti (on average) for ~30$ less
-I had some issues with the drivers. I couldn't get Crysis to start for the longest time.
-I had to turn power play off, and set the clocks with MSI afterburner, because they would stick at the 2D clock speeds (around 400/500) even when I would start a 3D application.
-at first, the fan had this incredible whine. I had to take it out and apply some WD-40 to the bearing before it became whisper quiet (that's what happens when you buy a used card I guess)
In the future, I might actually pick up another one of these. It was a great buy, for a solid-performing card