Editors Liked

  • Fast, Decent cooler, Overclocking
  • Decent performance for the £200 class price, DX11 enhancements, new features, cool and low power draw at 150W top power
  • Largely excellent midrange gaming performance. Improved technologies and video quality over previous-generation cards. Competitively priced
  • Stellar general performance for the price, Great power efficiency
  • Excellent mainstream DX11 graphics performance, Barts GPU Introduces stereoscopic 3D functionality, Reduced heat output enables nearly silent cooling fan, Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case, UVD3 Adds multiview CODEC for 3D Bluray playback
  • Great gaming performance for the price; stereoscopic 3D support with compatible monitors and HDTVs; five ports makes connecting multiple monitors easier

Editors Didn't Like

  • Power hogYou can find more expert reviews of this card at testseek.com
  • Can't quite beat selected GTX460 overclocked parts, should have been named HD6860 as it's not faster than HD5870
  • Slightly less powerful than same-priced, overclocked competing cards. Only one dual-link DVI port
  • Fledgling 3D support
  • Limited initial AMD HD3D product support, Fails to fix anisotropic texture filtering, Barts GPU yields minimal overclock
  • Doesn’t best Nvidia’s GTX 480 (or even AMD’s own previous-generation HD 5870); requires two six-pin power connectors; blocks adjacent slot