SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB Review
Previously I owned an xfx hd 5670, which was a really good card and was worth the price. I could easily run any game on it and initially I was very satisfied with it. However after a while I got sick of turning the graphics down to play games like battlefield 3 and even after turning them down this card would struggle with 30fps. This was really annoying! This is when I came across this card and after reading some reviews I decided to give it a try. Trust me this is the best upgrade I have done so far. This card is really fast, quiet, powerful and most of all it stays cool! However you still need a lot of air flow from the side of the case to keep this card cool. According to my observations it scores a 7.8wei and it ran at ultra-graphics with v-sync off on bf3 at 1600×900 at around 60-60fps, which is pretty amazing. However the card did lag a bit at ultra-settings every few seconds, this is why I turned the game quality to high instead of ultra and the card worked perfectly well. Doubling the fps makes the game so much easier and fun!
The only drawback of this card is that it is a bit larger in size and consumes a lot of power. It is big in all three dimensions and will take the space of two slots wide! Also it would not fit a large home theater case as it has a design in which the motherboard tray slides out for card placement and slides back into the case. It would not slide back in due to the power connectors that extend above the card. This can be a turn off if you want to use it on a wider screen. Other than that this card is perfect and is totally worth the price! If you are looking for a good graphics card then you should definitely buy it as not only does it give great performance but it is also relatively quitter than other cards.