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
phanbuey
i mean if those benches are for real than it really isn't a whole lot faster than the 5870. Pricing will have to be very low for this to work.
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#3
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: AsRock
NO, backplate all so helps to stop the card from bending.
But if you check the stock cooler, its screwed on different parts of the card, and i think the stock cooler / vrm-mem unisink and shroud should cover that..
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#4
Paintface
i repeat, the correct drivers arent released yet, the benches made till now are completely and way off, just wait and see.
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#5
v12dock
Yes, the GPUZ screenshot does not display the proper shader units anyways.
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#6
Fourstaff
Desperate times call for desperate measures: W1zzard, can you "leak" the benches for 6970 and apologise ála GTX 580? :D
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#7
Red_Machine
I think if he did that, he'd never get any review samples again...
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#8
jpierce55
Considering the price of a 6870 the 6970 could be considerably cheaper than the 580, I can't see AMD falling that low on the 6970. It would be way better to buy to 6870's.
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#9
Fourstaff
by: Red_Machine
I think if he did that, he'd never get any review samples again...
Oh, that too, but we can always push the blame to TheMailMan, no? :p
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#10
crow1001
The MOD who works at OCUK has confirmed the 6970 beats a 5870 but not a 580, does not looks good.

by: Gibbo
Hi there

Its gotten 5870 beaten in every synthetic benchmark we have run so far. :)

Its tesselation performance is very good. :D
by: Gibbo
Hi there

Thats all I have compared against so far, I wanted to compare it against what it replaces.

I shall grab a 580 to run against later today or tomorrow. :)

I think it will be slower in some things and nearly as fast in others, but not faster!

Difference will be availability and substancially cheaper. :)
Now that's from a guy whos job is to sell these things, 6970 will be slightly faster than a 5870 but with better tessellation performance. :laugh:
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#11
phanbuey
Drivers are one thing, but even with phenomenal drivers, a good bet is that it will be no more than 50% faster than a 5870. Unless those are the wrong number of shaders, this card will not perform like the last generational leaps.

The other thing they did is artificially boost expectations by renaming their cards. That will happen whenever you decide to name the new mid range card the same naming scheme that used to be your top-of-the-line-big-f(**&-off card.

5970 vs 6970 ... yeah...
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#12
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: crow1001
.. 6970 will be slightly faster than a 5870 but with better tessellation performance. :laugh:
I remember a card before that had that same characteristic, albeit, a higher power consumption and a bit hotter than a 280. In anycase, pricing here on our country is out.. ranges about 60-70 USD cheaper than a GTX580
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
So if this is single gpu what's their dual gpu card going to be called? 6990 sounds stupid...
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#15
jpierce55
by: cdawall
So if this is single gpu what's their dual gpu card going to be called? 6990 sounds stupid...
In fact, yet it will be.
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#16
phanbuey
I hope they redesign the cooler too. I like the boxy look, but want them to rip off NV's chamber design that they used for the 580.
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#17
horik
man im tired of the waiting game,i want to see game benchmarks
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#18
OneCool
if its fast then it will be between the GTX570 and GTX580 in price point and preformance.

I dont see it beating the 580 :shadedshu
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#19
stupido
by: Fourstaff
Desperate times call for desperate measures: W1zzard, can you "leak" the benches for 6970 and apologise ála GTX 580? :D
c'mooonn... be patient... patience is a virtue... ;) all good stuff come slow... :D
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#20
mdsx1950
by: Red_Machine
HAHA. I KNEW IT!

AMD, you fail.
:laugh: You knew what? :confused:
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#22
bear jesus
by: Red_Machine
I knew the 6970 wouldn't beat the 580.
And the official benchmarks are where? :p

You could at least wait until they are out to mock them for being so fail :laugh:
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#23
jpierce55
The only reason I see for waiting to release the benchmark tests is that it does not perform like expected :(.
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#24
bear jesus
by: jpierce55
The only reason I see for waiting to release the benchmark tests is that it does not perform like expected :(.
But only for those who expected too much :laugh:

As long as it's cheaper and preferably uses less power than the 580 then it hits an acceptable place in the market as it will sit in the position the 5870 and 4870 did in past generations.
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#25
jpierce55
by: bear jesus
But only for those who expected too much :laugh:

As long as it's cheaper and preferably uses less power than the 580 then it hits an acceptable place in the market as it will sit in the position the 5870 and 4870 did in past generations.
I don't disagree at all. I would much rather have a g-card a little slower using much less power. If it is reasonably cheaper you have to figure it needs a cheaper psu as well (less power).
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