It's good to see that the flavors of what was in popular series' like the XXX one that I looked at years ago still exist today in not only the Black Edition series, but also AMD cards. XFX has done a great job with the HD 6870 Black Edition and I've got to say it gets me legitimately excited to see what the company offers next from their line-up.
Like few other companies, I would say that XFX are ahead of the curve when it comes to putting some 'out there' products. The gun cased HD 5970 Black Edition is a prime example. It takes guts to step outside the box and it's good to see XFX is doing it.
Outside of the actual raw FPS numbers that the HD 6870 Black Edition gives us, there are a lot of other aspects of the card that really stand out too. The cooler design looks not only good, but performs exceptionally well in both cooling the card and running at low noise levels.
Then there's of course the bundle which is clearly ahead of most other manufacturers. Sure, it might not be for everyone; you might not have a use for the stickers or want to hang the sign on your door knob, and if you were paying so much more for this card over others I would say look at something else. But you're not; the card is priced extremely well at $219 USD.
If that wasn't an attractive enough offer, the fact that at the moment you can grab a copy of Shogun with it when purchasing at Newegg means you've got a real deal on your hands. There's not really much bad to say about the XFX HD 6870 Black Edition. There's not really anything bad to say about it period, actually. Overall, it's a very good iteration of the HD 6870 which offers strong value and a killer bundle. We have nothing to complain about here.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark 11]
- Page 4 [3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 19 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]
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