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HIS HD 6800 Radeon Line Up

Manufacturer: Hightech Information System
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by Dean Barker  (3/5/2011)


AMD released the HD 6800 series a few months back as a mid range gaming option.  That's right I said mid range.  Most hardware folks and tweak geeks have heard the naming confusion issue with this latest generation of cards.  The higher or should I rephrase and say, the highest performing cards, will be in the HD 6900 series.  Highest is all well and good but from a development standpoint and also one of sheer practicality, the mid range game is where the real action is for pixel punching demand.  Most folks when it comes time for an upgrade rarely want to spend much over the $200 mark.  The HD 6970 cards are readily available and at the time of this writing, somewhere around the $370 mark.  That's out of the league for most casual gamers.

Today, we have a few of these new mid range cards up on the bench from our old friends HIS.  HIS has a long are well known reputation for product quality as well as one commonly associated with performance.  HIS's motto is "Faster, Cooler and Quieter" and it is one they take seriously.  Their IceQ and Turbo model video cards set the bar for other manufacturers to follow in factory overclocks as well as aftermarket coolers.  HIS's after market coolers do not only drop the card's temperatures but also its sound levels.  On deck today is the HIS HD 6870 Turbo, the HIS HD 6850 and the HIS HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo so we can visit HIS's entries into the HD 6800 market.  Before we look at each of these cards individually, let's look at some specs.



HIS HD 6870 Turbo

HIS HD 6850 Turbo IceQ X

HIS HD 6850

HIS HD 5870


PCI-E 2.1

PCI-E 2.1

PCI-E 2.1

PCI-E 2.1






Core Clock





Memory Clock





Memory Size





Memory Type





Memory Interface

256 bit

256 bit

256 bit

256 bit






Street Price





Now before we get into each individual card, let's review some of the HD 6800 features. 

  • Microsoft DirectX 11 support for the HD 6800 series means that the latest games with realistic lighting and lifelike imagery will look exactly the way the game designers envisioned.

  • AMD Eyefinity: How does making your display stretch out across three monitors grab you.  Weather for gaming or productivity, a half hexagon WILL do it better.  Every heard of surround sound?  How about surround view!

  • AMD HD3D Technology: Stereo 3D display/glasses support in addition to Stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D builds in technology and longevity for the card's performance and usability.

  • AMD Advanced Parallel Processing Technology: Shifting some of the demanding processing demands from the CPU to the GPU improves video playback performance while freeing up resources for other tasks.

  • AMD CrossFireX Technology: The HD 6800 is fully capable of expanding options by letting the end user add in a second video card to give you breakneck speed and fluid game play even at the most demanding settings.

HIS HD 6870 Turbo

The HIS HD 6870 Turbo cards are a factory overclocked reference design with a warranty.  What this means is that HIS has taken their internal quality and control to a new level.  By utilizing superior grade components, the HD 6870 Turbo brings a 930MHz Core and 4.48GHz of speed to the HD 6870.  The stock AMD reference design sports 900Mhz on the Core and 4.2GHz on the GDDR5 memory.  Out of the box, the HIS HD 6870 Turbo brings extra power to the table alongside a two year warranty.

As we open up the package, we find the HIS HD 6870 Turbo card, a ATI CrossFireX Bridge Cable, two Molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapter cables, a DVI to VGA adapter, HIS Power Up Case Badge, Quick install guide and installation CD.

The card itself is encased in a wrap around Plexiglas shell with HIS turbo badging.  As we can see, the card comes in its basic dual slot reference design... that is on the outside.




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