Monday, December 13th 2010

PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 Pictured

With its launch not too far, AMD partners are busy sending their Radeon HD 6970 samples to reviews. It is inevitable then, that some would actually post pictures of those on the web ahead of launch. Some such pictures made it to HardwareLuxx.de, which shows PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 in fresh out of its retail box. The card, and the box itself, reveal quite a bit about the HD 6970. To begin with, Radeon HD 6970 (and HD 6950), are high-end single GPU graphics cards based on AMD's new "Cayman" high-end GPU. The HD 6970 is about as long as a Radeon HD 5870 (which it's intended to replace), and retains product design carried forward from the HD 6800 series graphics cards.

The HD 6970 from PowerColor sports 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, perhaps some of the memory chips are located on the reverse side of the PCB, which is why a back-plate is used to cool them. The top side of the card reveals the power connectors: one 8-pin, and a 6-pin PCI-E power; two CrossFire bridge fingers, and a tiny switch. It is rumored that this switch lets users select between two BIOS ROM chips present on the cards; one chip is programmable, and partners can store an overclocked profile, while the other is not programmable, and stores the AMD reference profile. It gives users a nice fallback in case they brick the card with a bad BIOS.

Another revelation is that HD 6970 supports an updated AMD Eyefinity feature set that lets users connect four displays to the card (instead of three on the previous generation non-Eyefinity6 cards). Display connectivity includes two DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and two DisplayPort 1.2. PowerColor's HD 6970 should be out by mid-December (in this week).Source: HardwareLuxx.de
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125 Comments on PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 Pictured

#1
pr0n Inspector
by: Mussels
i only read about half of that, and have to say this:


benchmarks are useless, if it IS a dual GPU card. why? cause it likely has no crossfire profiles on whatever leaked drivers they're testing with...
If the pictures are true then it's obviously a single GPU card as there is only one bracket.
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#3
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
So the backplate is just for aesthetics? They shouldve just ditch the plate and lower the cost.
NO, backplate all so helps to stop the card from bending.


Btw is this 4D ? if so don't that only make it 384 shaders ?. Sounds kinda low i know they are not every thing but they do help a lot even more so in games like Arma..
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
by: pr0n Inspector
If the pictures are true then it's obviously a single GPU card as there is only one bracket.
by: crow1001
Dual GPU....??:wtf:
they could have packed two GPU's into one space. not saying it is, but when someone says 'hey it performs like a 5870 in all the benches!' it makes me think its only half being used.


it is single GPU, however - the _970 threw mew off for a sec there. that said, leaked performance reviews always suck... early/beta drivers.
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#6
pr0n Inspector
by: AsRock
NO, backplate all so helps to stop the card from bending.


Btw is this 4D ? if so don't that only make it 384 shaders ?. Sounds kinda low i know they are not every thing but they do help a lot even more so in games like Arma..
Stock coolers have alloy memory/VRM heat sink plates for that.
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#7
[H]@RD5TUFF
Can't say I much care for the looks, but preformence matters much more than looks, I'll take function over form any day.
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#8
doctr_nick
Hey guys!
Don't forget too that the 6970, while likely being at least on par with a GTX480, it isn't the end of the line for AMD. There's still the good possibility of a dual GPU card, a la 6990 being released. NVIDIA may have the GTX580, but it won't hold up against the 6990. And considering that the 6970 will be far cheaper, and that the 6990 will likely be only a tad more expensive (but obviously far more powerful than a 580), AMD still has the upper hand.
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#9
crow1001
I think what we are looking at here is a slightly overclocked 5870 with better tessellation, in other words it's a bit crap, roll on the 15th.
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#10
inferKNOX
I have to agree with buggalugs, that AMD, you'd better give us a damn good price for FAILing on the single GPU crown.
Quite a performance disappointment, but there's a good low price potential now.
That being said, it's unconfirmed for the moment so I wouldn't jump to complain just yet.
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#11
RejZoR
First thing i'd do if i'd ever buy such card is to remove the damn ugly sticker. Yuck.
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#12
inferKNOX
I couldn't care less about the sticker considering you typically will never see it if you have your mobo in the usual vertical orientation, with the slots below.
The side of the card maybe a bit more of a concern for chassis window lovers like myself... but IMHO what you want to look good is the result not so much the tools, ie, the graphics, not really the graphics card.
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#13
gumpty
by: crow1001
I think what we are looking at here is a slightly overclocked 5870 with better tessellation, in other words it's a bit crap, roll on the 15th.
That's all this generation was ever going to be, I think. AMD's truly next-gen GPUs were meant to be 32nm but TSMC canned that, so they went with this hybrid generation on 40nm that is mainly the 5000 series with a few of their next-gen features bolted on (better tessellation, more efficient, etc). These are something of a stop-gap until the 28nm process ramps up properly. Same thing with Nvidia, their 500 series is a bug-fixed and warmed over 400 series.

But then again ... every generation is always a stop-gap for the next one. :rockout:
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#14

If the 6970=5970 it will still be a blast! ;)
#15
inferKNOX
by: TAViX
If the 6970=5970 it will still be a blast! ;)
So far every indication suggests that it's far from it...:shadedshu
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#16
mdsx1950
OMG. Simply beautiful! :D

Need benchmarks now!!
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#17
Animalpak
gimme games benches baby ! DX11 !!!
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#18
Volkszorn88
I have a funny feeling that the 5970 will still scale better than the 6970. Until the 15 Dec, everything is specualtion, not to mention beta-drivers.
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#19
Red_Machine
Why on earth are they comparing it to a GTX 480? Is it so people don't see how fail it is?

If it is indeed slower than a 580, AND more expensive, maybe the AMD fanboys will give the war a rest for a change. But then again, I imagine they'll start up again once the 6990 is released. They won't have a leg to stand on, however, as a single GPU card can't compete with a dual-GPU card and their arguments will be irrelevant.
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#20
mdsx1950
Man this card better be good. It better crush the GTX580! Or else i'm going to be very dissapointed. :@
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#21
Volkszorn88
by: Red_Machine
Why on earth are they comparing it to a GTX 480? Is it so people don't seem how fail it is?

maybe the AMD fanboys will give the war a rest for a change
Like Nvidia fanboys don't say anything lol
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#22
Red_Machine
When we have the fastest GPU on the planet, we can say what we like. :nutkick:
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#23
Volkszorn88
Shouldn't your name be Green Machine? lol
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#25
gumpty
Fanboys of any persuasion instantly fail at life.
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