PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 Makes an Appearance Page: 1

The release of AMD’s new Radeon HD 6970 card is just around the corner, but pictures of the card from its OEM partner PowerColor have already found their way on to the internet. A report by HardwareLuxx.de shows the PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 along with some of the specifications.

As expected, the Radeon HD 6970 from PowerColor is a high-end graphics card based on AMD’s upcoming Cayman single GPU. It matches other cards of the Radeon HD 6800 series in terms of its length and looks. PowerColor seems to have equipped its 6970 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and added a back-plate to cool those memory chips that are perhaps located underneath the PCB.

The card also features one 8-pin, one 6-pin PCI-E power, two CrossFire bridge fingers, and an unknown switch on the front or top. While little is known about this switch, the rumor mills have it that the switch control two BIOS ROM chips integrated into the card. While one chip can be programmed by AMD partners for storing overclocking profiles, the other is a fixed card that carries the reference card profile. The main purpose of the switch it seems is to allow enthusiasts to quickly revert the card to its reference position in case their overclocking efforts go wrong.

The pictures also show that AMD has upgraded its Eyefinity feature with the Radeon HD 6970. Against the existing one, which allows users to connect up to three displays to the card, the HD 6970 supposed up to four displays. For connecting displays, the PowerColor HD 6970 has two DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.

With AMD’s Radeon HD 6970 expected to be officially unveiled this week, we can safely look forward to PowerColor’s card also making its official appearance around the same time.

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