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
mdsx1950
by: pr0n Inspector
That would only end a battle. The war never ends.
Yeah i guess. But im tired off all the @#$%ing speculation. :shadedshu
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#2
wahdangun
here are some first realy really legit review HD 6970 CF result



and here are some single card result :



and this is the HD 6850 CF result :



wow its turn out HD 6970 will be head to head with GTX 580 its even faster than HD 6850 CF

here are some GTX 580 SLI :



here are some single card GTX 580 result :



source @ ocuk
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#3
gumpty
by: wahdangun
here are some first realy really legit review HD 6970 CF result

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9099/heaveny.png

and here are some single card result :

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/9585/heaven.png

and this is the HD 6850 CF result :

http://i51.tinypic.com/2lu5aoj.jpg

wow its turn out HD 6970 will be head to head with GTX 580 its even faster than HD 6850 CF

here are some GTX 580 SLI :

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee12/markrochester/Capture3.jpg

here are some single card GTX 580 result :

http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/7632/thisoner.jpg

source @ ocuk
Forgive me for being skeptical, but those benchies have been run on different systems, with different processors, running at different clocks. I'll continue to wait for Wizzie's Benchies™.
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#4
Red_Machine
Maybe they're trying to obfuscate its performance. Note the 6970 is running on a 950 and the 580 on a 930, and it can't even beat it then!
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#5
bear jesus
by: Red_Machine
Maybe they're trying to obfuscate its performance. Note the 6970 is running on a 950 and the 580 on a 930, and it can't even beat it then!
Both running at 4ghz, all the 9xx i7's are the same cpu at different clocks excluding the two 6 core ones so they can be uses for valid comparisons if all the clocks and memory are the same speed.

as far as beating the 580 it does not have to do so to sell well just like the 48xx and 58xx cards as they were cheaper and used less power, it's all about position in the market with AMD thus why they have been making cheaper less power hungry cards since the 2900xt screw up.


But i know what this is about, you don't want the 6970 to beat the 580 as you already shelled out for one and if a cheaper less power hungry card beat yours then you would be unimpressed :laugh: :p
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#6
Red_Machine
by: bear jesus
Both running at 4ghz, all the 9xx i7's are the same cpu at different clocks excluding the two 6 core ones so they can be uses for valid comparisons if all the clocks and memory are the same speed.
They were all running at different clock speeds, it said in the images.

by: bear jesus
But i know what this is about, you don't want the 6970 to beat the 580 as you already shelled out for one and if a cheaper less power hungry card beat yours then you would be unimpressed :laugh: :p
Yeah, but I still wouldn't buy one! :p
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#7

Oh bwoy!! Cannot wait for 7970 and 7990 cards!!!! :rockout:
#8
bear jesus
by: Red_Machine
They were all running at different clock speeds, it said in the images.
OK i admit the 580 result the CPU was 4011 and the 6970 result it was at 4027 so yes there was 16mhz difference.

by: Red_Machine

Yeah, but I still wouldn't buy one! :p
I don't blame you, if the 580 supported three monitors on a single card i would be looking at buying one as well.

by: TAViX
Oh bwoy!! Cannot wait for 7970 and 7990 cards!!!! :rockout:
:laugh: i agree the 7970 and 680 will be awesome cards :D
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#9
wahdangun
by: bear jesus
Both running at 4ghz, all the 9xx i7's are the same cpu at different clocks excluding the two 6 core ones so they can be uses for valid comparisons if all the clocks and memory are the same speed.

as far as beating the 580 it does not have to do so to sell well just like the 48xx and 58xx cards as they were cheaper and used less power, it's all about position in the market with AMD thus why they have been making cheaper less power hungry cards since the 2900xt screw up.


But i know what this is about, you don't want the 6970 to beat the 580 as you already shelled out for one and if a cheaper less power hungry card beat yours then you would be unimpressed :laugh: :p
yeah especially HD 6950 was gonna be priced for less than $ 300, and you can get CF for less than $600 and have the uber performance even for eyefinity
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#10
HossHuge
Check this out!!! $310 for the 6950 and 375 for the 6970.

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#12
pr0n Inspector
by: bear jesus
Both running at 4ghz, all the 9xx i7's are the same cpu at different clocks excluding the two 6 core ones so they can be uses for valid comparisons if all the clocks and memory are the same speed.

as far as beating the 580 it does not have to do so to sell well just like the 48xx and 58xx cards as they were cheaper and used less power, it's all about position in the market with AMD thus why they have been making cheaper less power hungry cards since the 2900xt screw up.


But i know what this is about, you don't want the 6970 to beat the 580 as you already shelled out for one and if a cheaper less power hungry card beat yours then you would be unimpressed :laugh: :p
You mean like both sides position their cards precisely in a linear fashion so neither side needs to do a price cut?

Can't wait!
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#13
bear jesus
by: pr0n Inspector
You mean like both sides position their cards precisely in a linear fashion so neither side needs to do a price cut?

Can't wait!
It's semi what has happened with certain cards form both sides for a few generations now but then something else comes out and causes a drop but only after months.
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#14
Red_Machine
by: bear jesus
OK i admit the 580 result the CPU was 4011 and the 6970 result it was at 4027 so yes there was 16mhz difference.
Huh? For the 6970 the CPU was 3.07GHz and the 580's CPU was running at 2.8Ghz...
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#15
pr0n Inspector
by: Red_Machine
Huh? For the 6970 the CPU was 3.07GHz and the 580's CPU was running at 2.8Ghz...
They're both OCed to around 4GHz

CPU FLAGS
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#17
mdsx1950
I'm quite impressed at the Unigine Heaven Benchmark, as the HD6970 Crossfire gets a better score than my HD5970 4GB cards on Crossfire(technically quad fire). nVidia always had the upper hand when it came to Tessellation. So if it's this close. I think the HD6970 will have better frames in games. :rockout:

EDIT - Just noticed HD6970 CF has both better Min FPS and Max FPS than GTX580 SLI. LOL Fail :p
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#18
Delta6326
I CAN"T wait for the beast! I want to upgrade so badly my computer is now 2 years old :( and i still don't have troubles with the games i play! i want a tough game for my computer so i can upgrade it!!
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#19
AsRock
TPU addict
by: pr0n Inspector
Stock coolers have alloy memory/VRM heat sink plates for that.
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
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..
True but it's better to screw metal to metal than metal to PCB and it's strengthens it even more against coolers like the MK-13
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#21
pantherx12
by: pr0n Inspector
You mean like both sides position their cards precisely in a linear fashion so neither side needs to do a price cut?

Can't wait!
I lulzed! gota love "competition" :laugh:
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Sihastru
As always, S|A is full of bullshit.
really? no way!
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#23
bear jesus
by: Mussels
really? no way!
:roll:
Thanks that really made me smile in such a bad time, i feel like I'm going to explode waiting for the NDA to expire as since i have seen the prices i know i could quite likely afford one so need reviews so bad it almost hurts :laugh: yes i may be a little drunk :p
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#25
pr0n Inspector
by: bear jesus
It's semi what has happened with certain cards form both sides for a few generations now but then something else comes out and causes a drop but only after months.
And now I won't see a price cut on GTX 570 anytime soon. Life.
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