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AMD Radeon HD 6850, HD 6350 slide into view

by Parm Mann on 11 October 2010, 10:20

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Enter Barts Pro

The well-publicised leak of AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 6870 managed to whet many an enthusiast's appetite late last week, but there's plenty more to come.

In the coming weeks, AMD will spread its Radeon HD 6000-series architecture - codenamed Northern Islands - across a wide range of market segments, and we're now getting a first glimpse at the company's mid-range and low-end solutions.

According to the latest rumours originating in China, this here is the Radeon HD 6850; a mid-to-high-end offering that's destined to slot in directly beneath the HD 6870.

Said to be based on the Barts Pro core, the card is rumoured to be clocked at 725MHz and features a 1GB frame buffer operating an effective 4,000MHz via a 256-bit bus.

Judging by the image, the card will require at least a six-pin PCIe power connector and will occupy two slots. Two-way CrossFire support is literally on the cards, but at this point any perceived specification has to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Caicos makes an appearance

Following on from the 6850, Chinese website ChipHell has chimed in with an image of what's believed to be the first product from the Radeon HD 6300-series, presumably the Radeon HD 6350.

Based on a 650MHz Caicos core, the low-profile, low-end card is believed to feature 1GB of DDR3 memory hooked up via a 64-bit bus.

With support for UVD3 - and perhaps AMD HD3D - the Radeon HD 6350 looks set to become a feature-packed successor to the current entry-level 5450.

How AMD's entire 6000-series range will fall into place remains unclear, but we're on course to find out sooner rather than later. According to the grapevine, Northern Islands GPUs will be officially introduced sometime next weekend. Friday October 22nd is the date floating around the web.



HEXUS Forums :: 6 Comments

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I'm actually more interested in the low end, getting a bit more passive/low power grunt into my HTPC to do video processing…

UVD3… hmmm whats this then… *google*
kingpotnoodle
UVD3… hmmm whats this then…

Presumably the successor to UVD2? ;)
Shouldn't it be called something like 65xx considering they are moving up the names - 57xx successor becomes 68xx
Can't wait to see what the high end offerings are like. Even though i've got a 5870 powercolour PCS+ i'll probably upgrade again before xmas!

Also I think you made a mistake in the article FYI:

“Two-way CrossFire support is literally on the cards, but at this point any perceived specification has to be taken with a pinch of salt.”

Correct me if i'm wrong but shouldn't that say “likely” and not “literally”?
HEXUS
Friday October 22nd is the date floating around the web.

Sounds awfully carefully worded to me. NDA by any chance?? :mrgreen: