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Today we have yet another of the high performance 6000 series video cards from AMD. As usual AMD offers a variety of 6000 series cards which range in price and performance from entry level to enthusiast level so there are always plenty of options to choose from depending on what users need. The specific card we will be looking at today is the Sapphire 6870 which is meant to be a great performer while still being an affordable card. We will be taking a look at all aspects of the Sapphire 6870 to see how it performs and see how well it compares to all of the other cards on the market. Currently the Sapphire HD 6870 is available for around $180 which puts it pretty much right in the middle of the price bracket. Keep reading to see how well the Sapphire 6870 performs. Sapphire has once again continued to use their flashy and attractive blue and black packaging in order to make this video card jump off the shelf. This is also the special "Dirt 3 Edition" of the video card which means this comes with additional cooling as well as a copy of Colin McRae's Dirt 3 for PC. The important features and specifications are also listed on the back panel of the packaging.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 is a video card targeted at the mid-range market with a price point below $200. As such, it stands to reason that the 6870 should perform as an excellent upgrade for anyone looking to beef up a rig that has begun to show its age. With this in mind, the test system used for the 6870 will be something a typical user could expect to have built four to five years ago. With this admittedly aging setup, it is my hope that the 6870 will be able to ‘refresh’ the system, allowing modern games to be played at an acceptable graphics level, with acceptable frame rates, on a mid level monitor running at 1440×900 resolution. Since this particular version of the 6870 boasts an ‘overclocking edition’ on the box, overclocking ease and performance gain will also be taken into consideration. The box itself is fairly pleasing to the eye, telling potential customers everything they could want to know about the product while also not being completely overrun with useless information. Upon opening the box to get to the graphics card itself, I was rather disappointed with the housing of the graphics card. It looks a bit cheesy, feels like cheap plastic, and is overall below par when compared to the visual appeal of Sapphire’s other cards.