ATI Eyefinity technology maximises your field of view across up to three displays, fully engaging your peripheral vision. For gamers this puts you right IN the game and for other applications it helps to increase productivity by maximising your visual workspace so that you can see more windows simultaneously. ATI Eyefinity technology is also ideal for multimedia applications as it allows you to keep several ‘palettes’ or ‘panels’ open over a larger workspace whist you edit your images or videos.*
*To support 3 displays, one of the monitors has to support DisplayPort **When running Microsoft Windows XP, Eyefinity technlogy supports a maximum of 2 displays.
Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth.
40nm Process Technology
Cutting edge manufacturing process allows for efficient, high performance parts which use less power than their predecessors.
ATI Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)
Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)
ATI CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology
Triple or Quadruple gaming power withATI CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology.ATI CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.
The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card.
AMD HD3D Technology
Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software.
Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.
Turn your PC into a home entertainment centre with HDMI. Simply connect the graphics card to an LCD TV with an HDMI input and you will be able to enjoy watching HD videos with audio in the living room.
HDMI 1.4a builds on previous generations of HDMI connectivity with support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic support, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.
Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution of 2560 x 1600 the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors.
Microsoft DirectX® 11
Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery with SAPPHIRE graphics cards supporting DirectX®11. New features in DirectX®11 such as Hardware Tesselation, HDR Texture Compression, Multi-threading support and DirectCompute bring lifelike gaming and an experience never possible on a PC before.
OpenGL® 3.1 and 3.2
Supports the latest OpenGL API (Application Programming Interface) to accelerate performance of applications outside of DirectX®, i.e. Adobe Autodesk 2D/3D graphic design.
?OpenGL 3.2 Driver support scheduled for release in 2010
Shader Model 5.0
Supports the latest Shader Model 5.0 feature set including VTF (Vertex Texture Fetch) which is a key feature used extensively in many of the games that ship today. Without support for this feature the game will fall back to a lesser shader path resulting in the loss of cool, lifelike effects made possible by Shader Model 5.0
ATI Catalyst Control Center™
The ATI Catalyst Control Center™ software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon™ based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC.
Accelerated Video Transcoding
Massively parallel architecture and support for common shader transcoding instructions accelerates video encoding / transcoding way beyond what was possible with the CPU only.
(Requires application support for ATI Stream technology and Digital rights management restrictions may apply)
Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support
Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)
Supports advanced AA (Anti-aliasing) features to maximise your enjoyment of high definition gaming.
Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4 or 8 samples per pixel)
Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for superior quality
Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling
Super AA (ATI CrossFireX™configurations only)
All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering
Physics processing support
Accelerates the performance of Fluid Dynamics, Cloth Simulation, Soft or Rigid Body Dynamics, Universal Collision Detection, Hair Simulation and Finite Element Analysis for the most lifelike gaming experience.
Dynamically manage power efficiency and take control of your performance with AMD’s revolutionary ATI PowerPlay TM power management technology delivering high performance features when needed and conserving power when the demand on the graphics processor is low. This seemless technology dramatically reduces the overall power consumption allowing for break-through energy efficiency.
Windows® 7 support
WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for all SAPPHIRE HD2000, HD3000, HD4000 and HD5000 series cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 7.
3rd Generation TeraScale Engine
Massive arrays of on-chip compute units offer the latest in graphics functionality and performance allowing you to enjoy what you are watching at the highest quality possible.
AMD Advanced Parallel Processing technology
Accelerate the most demanding applications by offloading parallel data compute tasks from the CPU to GPU, dividing the tasks as evenly as possible for improved system performance and reliability.
Offers an incredible choice of the latest display connectivity options natively on the board, including dual-link DVI-I, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a along with adapters to ensure compatibility with your legacy analogue VGA monitor.
Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)
Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p (and beyond !) display resolution. Enjoy a feature rich video experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3), offloading the bulk of the video decoding tasks from the CPU to the GPU allowing for a cooler, quieter and more balanced system.
Enhanced Internet Browser Applications
Not just for video and games, the power of your GPU can now accelerate the latest versions of some Internet browsers (IE9/Mozzilla FireFox) utilising Direct 2D rendering for a faster and more responsive browsing experience including high quality image rendering and media playback.
Microsoft Office 2010
Take advantage of improved picture and media editing capabilities in Office 2010 as well as edit and share your content in real time.
See more, and get more done. Enhanced productivity with accelerated GPU processing for Office applications.
- by David_W @Oct 22, 2010
PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard.
500 Watt Power Supply is required.
2 X 75Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector is required.
4 X 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector is required for CrossFireX™ system.
Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products.
1024 MB Minimum of system memory.
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive.
DVD playback requires DVD drive.
Blu-ray™ / HD DVD playback requires Blu-ray / HD DVD drive.
For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second same ATI Radeon™ graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX™ Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (optional) are required.
To support 3 displays, one of the monitors has to support DisplayPort.
1 x Dual-Link DVI 0 x HDMI 1 x HDMI 1.4a 2 x Mini-DisplayPort 1 x Single-Link DVI-D
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This thing replaced my GTS250 o/c from gigabyte, and if the numbers are correct, the 6870 is FOUR TIMES as powerful as the GTS250, and it certainly feels like it. All the games I used to run on low are now auto set to high and ultra where applicable. My only issues are that the fan is a bit loud, and it tends to run a bit on the hot side.
I bought this card for my friend for his gaming rig and he has been very pleased with it, it runs very cool, the fan is almost unnoticeable, and he can run every game on max settings with no issues
I found the similar complain on many web site, so I am pretty sure this is not a single case. I try to contact sapphire but found out they have no technical support in North America, only email. I will try to contact they via phone if they do not reply my email, and ncix don't have a solution on this issue.
Only the second time I've gone with AMD over nvidia. can't say I'm disappointed. There's nothing wrong with the card. I've had a couple issues with the drivers. each new driver seems to solve a problem yet create a new one but it's slowly getting ironed out. I think I'll stick with ati next time as well. I'm hoping to find this on sale so I can buy a second one^^
Fast delivery since I ordered the card on Tuesday and recieved it on Thursday. It replaced my 5750 sapphire vapor x. I can run recent games on max settings and stay at 60 fps and have no lag while running fraps. I get roughly 30 fps with Rift on max settings on a 1920x1080. But Rift seems to have a lot of settings that are GPU intensive, so I don't know how it compares to the more popular games out there. I dont think anyone will have a problem. No problems with the drivers. The fan is quiet even at 100%. Just fits my mid-range tower. The PCI-e plugs are on the side, which is good for people with limited space. A very good mid-range budget card with tons of positive reviews. Just got it, but so far so good.
Very good, better than crossfire'd 5770s and cheaper too.
at 239.99 its a competitive price point. There are many options. Apparently, AMD had driver issues sometimes. But with this card i've had no issues. Recommended buy but with the 6950 out for just alittle more...yeah all depends on ur budget.
I bought the Sapphire reference card specifically since it had included the most accessories compared to other brands like XFX, gigabyte, powercolor. Just to name a few Sapphire included a display port to mini-display port adapter, a hdmi 1.4a (newest version) cable, D-sub adapter and a crossfire bridge connectors which other brands didn't include.
i upgraded from a pair of Sapphire hd 5770 in xfire. the gain isn't as much as i thought it would be! dx11 apps big gain heaven 2.1 the 5770's got 31.9 fps and this 6870 got 38.9. but in dx10 aps like 3d mark vantage the 5770's gpu scored 18476 and the 6870 gpu scored 16923! but the drivers are still cat 10-10. but still love the perks of this card. i can always add another one for xfir would still recomend it good card. look forword to tweaking it more. hope that amd updates the drivers in near future!
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