AMD Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 2GB graphics card review
15 December 2010
Conclusion: We've taken a long, hard look at the two new Cayman cards and crunched a lot of numbers, so let's wrap up the Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 high-end GPUs. Experimental phase AMD has experimented with the new Cayman GPUs by changing the architectural layout with a view to focussing intently on geometry...
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Conclusion: With performance numbers so close, which card is right for you depends more on features such as multiple-monitor support and 3D-technology options than raw performance. If you don’t plan on connecting more than two screens and don’t intend to don glasses for immersive 3D gaming, either card is a...
Pros: A bit faster than Nvidia's closest card on bench tests, newer games, Better multi-screen support than competing Nvidia cards
Cons: Lags behind GeForce GTX 570 in older games and tests, Loud fan under full load, Too long for some PC cases
Conclusion: With its Radeon HD 6970 video card, AMD introduces some exciting competition in the sub-$400 video card space. But if you want the fastest card out there in this price range, the 6970 is not consistently it.
Pros: Excellent performance for the price. Support for full range of new technologies, including DirectX 11 and Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing.
Cons: Not consistently more powerful than its less-expensive competition.
Summary: Whereas the GeForce GTX 480 was the fastest single-GPU graphics cards during its era, the GTX 580 retains the crown as it is simply too much for the Radeon HD 6970 to handle. The HD 6970 will be priced to tackle Nvidia�s second in command, the GeForce GTX 570 , while the HD 6950 fills a price...
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Pros: Excellent top-end DX11 graphics performance, Cayman GPU includes stereoscopic 3D functionality, Nearly silent cooling fan at idle, very quiet under load, Fan exhausts most heated air outside of case, Multi-view CODEC enables 3D Blu-ray playback, Improves DisplayPort to 1.2 with display chaining, ...
Cons: Expensive enthusiast product, Limited AMD HD3D product support
AMD's Radeon HD 6970 & Radeon HD 6950: Paving The Future For AMD
15 December 2010
Conclusion: Final Thoughts Often it’s not until the last moment that we have all the information in hand to completely analyze a new video card. The Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950 were no different.
AMD Radeon HD 6950 & 6970 CrossFire Video Card Reviews
14 December 2010
Summary: The AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 video cards bring new features and better performance to the table with a price point and level of performance that is competitive with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 500 series of cards.
AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 Review - The Cayman Architecture Revealed
14 December 2010
Excerpt: After a couple of small delays, Cayman is finally here as the Radeon HD 6900-series of graphics cards and represents a modestly dramatic shift in GPU computing architecture compared to previous cards.