"The Radeon HD 6800 series has great display connectors on the card as you have a pair of mini-DisplayPort 1.2 headers, HDMI 1.4a and of course a set of DVI connectors. The card still can do three panel ATI Eyefinity, but now you the ability to daisy chain three DisplayPort monitors off each mini-DisplayPort connector! If you wanted to run six panels you can now do so on a card that costs under $200!"
- Nate Kirsch
"Performance wise, both HD6800 models have done exactly what they were supposed to. They are faster than their HD5850/5830 predecessors, and in most cases they totally humiliated the GTX460 768MB and the GTX460 1GB models. In several benchmarks, HD6870 was even faster than GTX470. Tessellation performance has grown substantially, and has new features like UVD3, Display Port 1.2, Morphological AA etc."
"This is the HD models 6850 and 6870, which despite the name does not represent a direct replacement for models of HD 5850 and HD 5870. Specifically, the main goal of HD 6800 series cards is for players, to provide them with high-performance (at level of HD 5800) with lower power consumption and dramatically lower cost. Accordingly, the recommended price for the HD 6850 is €179, while the HD 6870 it is €239. In addition to good 3D performance, the HD 6800 series brings better support for hardware video decoding circuit through UVD3, better AF filtering and considerably more powerful configuration of video output, which consists of two mini-DisplayPort connector, two DVI connectors and an HDMI connector."
"The new Radeons consume less than their predecessors, but also they are slower, so consumption per performance indicators is similar. Perhaps it would have been more suitable for these cards to be called, say, HD 6860 and HD 6840, it would indicate their performance a little more clearly."
"While improving graphics price / performance and consumption / performance indicators, there is a strong emphasis on multi-display technology. It seems that in the 3D addition AMD sees the future of entertainment."
"With the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards, AMD aims to recreate the same incredible value/performance sweet-spot proposition that they have achieved with the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics cards."
"The new AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphic cards provides more than 30 percent better gaming performance than competing products using AMD's second generation Microsoft DirectX 11-compatible architecture, with the best energy efficiency in its class and unmatched set of features, including AMD multi Eyefinity -display technology."
"This card proved to be great and we can only say that the competition (GTX 460 models) will have many problems, and that AMD has made a great thing. For those who are buying new graphics before they had, let's say, 5830 or some weaker NVIDIA model, now there's no better choice if we look at price/performance ratio. Add to that smaller energy consumption, improved UVD 3, transfer to the HDMI 1.4a standard and many other things for which this card seriously seems to be the absolute best buy in its class."
"DirectX 11, GDDR5 and 40-nanometer lithography are still valid standards. However, AMD has introduced a new generation of video accelerator that is this time based on existing "standards". Further optimisation of Cypress / Evergreen Technologies, in the form of Northern Islands generation chips, including the first in line Barts GPU, in the right way shows that sometimes less really can mean more."
"Although the Radeon HD6800 cards are, on average, about 6-7% slower than Radeon HD5800 series, they cost 25-30% less, and are about 25-30% more power-efficient. What is important is that Barts has hit the center of the target and redefined what you should expect from a card that costs 200 euros."