any one else disappointed with AMD?

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ZMXme
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the new 6xxx series cards ( so far ) turn out to just be mid range budget cards.. my 5870 outperforms the 6850 AND 6870. ( neither of them OC'd )

and iv read that the 69xx series will just be dual gpu versions. so, sadly, i wouldn't get too excited over the new 6k series cards. anyone else plan on purchasing them? I mean, they are extremely cheap.. could be nice to pick up one or 2 for a extremely cheap build.

hnkftalnot
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Well AMD changed the naming scheme so that might be confusing. They just shoved the numbers down one step and named their top of the line cards 69xx.

The new flagship single GPU card will be the 6970, (replaces the 5870) and it should outperform the GTX 480.
The new dual GPU card will be the 6990 (replaces the 5970).

In my opinion the 6870 can be seen as the new 5850, but it performs a little better than the 5850 and is cheaper. Also, they scale extremely well in crossfire (I've read about a 100% increase).

So, no I'm not disappointed, on the contrary; I'm exited about the better performance at lower costs and power consumption the 6000 line offers. You just have to compare them carefully to become familiar with the new naming scheme.

lamboman
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Gosh, it's been a long while since I've been on here :)

The name change is explained on the bit-tech review here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/10/22/ati-radeon-hd-6850-review/1

Overall, I don't think that anyone really minds the name, as long as the performance of the card is as good or better than the performance of competing cards of a similar cost.

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hnkftalnot wrote:Well AMD changed the naming scheme so that might be confusing. They just shoved the numbers down one step and named their top of the line cards 69xx.

The new flagship single GPU card will be the 6970, (replaces the 5870) and it should outperform the GTX 480.
The new dual GPU card will be the 6990 (replaces the 5970).

In my opinion the 6870 can be seen as the new 5850, but it performs a little better than the 5850 and is cheaper. Also, they scale extremely well in crossfire (I've read about a 100% increase).

So, no I'm not disappointed, on the contrary; I'm exited about the better performance at lower costs and power consumption the 6000 line offers. You just have to compare them carefully to become familiar with the new naming scheme.
I think what he means is that there is no major improvement. There is no big architecture change and thus not much new. The 6000 series is just going to be slightly better than the 5000 but a bit cheaper and more efficient. Ya it is great for cutting most graphics card prices but other than that there is not much to talk about.
As for crossfire, you will not see 100% scaling. In games it might get to 60-70% but that is a stretch. Plus, ATI drivers have always been glitchy and crossfire still has micro-stuttering which is really annoying especially in FPS games.
ATI is just trying to keep its lead in the discrete graphics market while Nvidia is trying to fix Fermi-GF110 or some such rehashing.

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hnkftalnot
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undeadkingpr; great answer, the architecture has indeed not changed, but the power consumption and lower price do make these 6000 series quite interesting.