The first picture of AMD's reference-build Radeon HD 6870 has been leaked ahead of its launch, and reveals an impressive collection of connections.
The image, which was posted to Chinese-language site it.com.cn
from an unknown source, reveals that - as expected - the Radeon HD 6800-series will no longer bear the ATI name, with a logo on the fan featuring the new AMD Radeon branding in its place.
The rear of the two-slot card features a pair of DVI-I connectors, an HDMI port, and two MiniDisplayPort connectors. Supplementary material included with the leaked picture shows that the Radeon HD 6870 will include support for AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, although how many individual displays the five connectors on the card can drive simultaneously is not yet known.
Chinese-language vendor details that formed part of the leak indicated that the pictured Radeon HD 6870 would be based around AMD's Barts Pro GPU, and will be joined by a cheaper Radeon HD 6850 at launch. For the gamer on a budget, an even cheaper AMD Radeon HD 6800 looks to be on the cards, featuring the Barts XT GPU.
Absent from the leak was details of cards based around AMD's next-generation Cayman GPU. Although the company is thought to be launching Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 models that use the new GPU, but it's not yet known when they'll be launching.
Interestingly, the leaked press details also include reference to an as-yet unannounced technology dubbed 'Eyespeed.'
With press images ready to roll, it can't be long now before AMD launches its latest cards - and we'll be sure to get examples in our labs as soon as we can.
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