AMD's Radeon HD 6950 has been released in mid-December. Both the HD 6950 and the HD 6970 are using a new VLIW4 shader architecture as opposed to the VLIW5 configuration of previous cards.
PowerColor's HD 6970 PCS+ uses the AMD Radeon HD 6970 as a base design and refines it even further. A new dual fan cooler keeps the card cool, the clock speeds have been increased significantly out of the box. Actually the PowerColor HD 6970 PCS+ is the highest-clocked HD 6970 card that money can buy at the moment. With a price increase of $10 the card doesn't add much to the pricing of the HD 6970, the included Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 coupon also helps to attract buyers for the PowerColor HD 6970 PCS+.
HD 6970 PCS+
|Shader units ||1120||1600||1408||480||480||1536||1536||512||2x 1600|
|Memory Size||1024 MB||1024 MB||2048 MB||1280 MB||1536 MB||2048 MB||2048 MB||1536 MB||2x 1024 MB|
|Memory Bus Width ||256 bit ||256 bit ||256 bit ||320 bit ||384 bit ||256 bit ||256 bit ||384 bit ||2x 256 bit |
|Core Clock||900 MHz ||850 MHz ||800 MHz ||732 MHz ||700 MHz ||880 MHz ||940 MHz ||772 MHz ||725 MHz |
|Memory Clock||1050 MHz ||1200 MHz ||1250 MHz ||950 MHz ||924 MHz ||1375 MHz ||1425 MHz ||1002 MHz ||1000 MHz |
You will receive:
- Graphics card
- Driver CD + Documentation
- DVI Adapter
- Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter
- CrossFire Bridge
- PCI-Express Power Cable
- Modern Warfare 2 coupon
PowerColor is using a large dual-fan heatpipe cooler on their card, the PCB is a custom PowerColor design.
The card requires two slots in your system.
The card has two DVI ports, two mini-DisplayPorts and one HDMI port. AMD's display output logic is clearly superior to what NVIDIA has to offer at this time. Vendors are free to combine six TMDS links into any output configuration they want (dual-link DVI consuming two links) - and use them all at the same time. AMD has also introduced DisplayPort 1.2 support with their new cards which allows the use of a DisplayPort hub to connect multiple monitors, or daisy chain them together.
An HDMI sound device is also included in the GPU. The HDMI interface is HDMI 1.4a compatible which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit output. The new revision also brings support for Blu-ray 3D movies which will become important later this year when we will see first Blu-ray 3D titles shipping.
You may combine up to four HD 6900 cards of any model from any vendor in CrossFire.
Here are the front and the back of the card, high-res versions are also available (front
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