Why is the 6870 faster than the 5850?

Hey, I'm just curious... Why is it that the 6870 is faster than the 5850? this site http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/10/22/ati-radeon-hd-6870-review/2 shows that the 5850 has quite a few superior aspects... but somehow the 6870 in actual application is several percent faster... what?
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  1. Newer architecture and design? Just a guess.
  2. yeah you cannot compare specs side by side they are different.... in the end the 6870 is basically a 5850 performance wise anyways, and both can generally be oc'ed to 5870 speeds
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