ASUS EAH6970 Review

Conclusion

ASUS EAH6970 Review

Conclusion

We could go on testing endless reams of games, but as we've already tested three HD6970s and there isn't a noticeable difference between any of them then we're sure that at this festive time of year your time is too precious to see multiple graphs that all lead to the same conclusion.

So what conclusion are we to draw?

Firstly that AMD have absolutely nailed their production run of the HD6970 GPUs. From the basic reference model we've tested through to this Voltage Tweak BIOS model from ASUS, all of them perform almost identically.

Secondly, and disappointingly, the normally outstanding Voltage Tweak BIOS that ASUS supply their cards with is unnecessary here. Usually it manages to give us much higher clock speeds than are otherwise obtainable, or stabilise ones that other cards are slightly flaky at.

Yet here on the HD6970, even with the ASUS SmartDoctor software in place, the limit of the GPU Core slider remains at 950MHz. A level achievable easily on the stock cards.

The long and short of it is that if you're in the market for a HD6970 then the ASUS model is as good as any other. The defining factor in your choice will probably be either brand loyalty, or the available bundle. It hasn't got a bundle of any sorts to tempt you, which could count against it.

Alternatively though it is an ASUS card, which means the quality of the packaging and after-sales service are up there with the best, and for many that can be enough to get you to loosen your wallet.

   

Thanks to ASUS for providing the HD6970 EAH for review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

21-12-2010, 05:28:01

Rastalovich
Something still doesn't seem right. A colleague is still scratching his head here.

But looking at it from my pov, I've seen that issue with using an overclocking tool before. You ramp the slider as high as it'll go and you feel you could take it further - and it just won't allow it. It happened

to me recently using afterburner on a 8400 (which is besides the point), but you feel the 'tool' is being told the up/low limits. Perhaps the bios is the key.

If it were mine (I mean donate to me to play with), I'd delve into the bios fiddling menu like atitool/afterburner has and try and massage the limits. From memory tho, if the tool doesn't know the card's bios, it will limit what you can do. I'd still fiddle with it tho.

This is besides the point tho. Off the shelf, something still aint right to me.

Voltage tweak and a oc limit ? Nah, definitely not.

I hate to harp on about it, but those bios versions from the ref card and this would be interesting. I'm going to see if there's any revisions coming out in the future too.Quote

21-12-2010, 05:28:49

lawson
Nice review Tom Quote

21-12-2010, 05:37:07

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by lawson View Post

Nice review Tom
If you look dude Bryan wrote it It does say at the top of each review who the author is.Quote

21-12-2010, 05:49:05

Pyr0
i'd like that voltage tweak bios

any chance of a dump please Bryan?

[edit] did you try the "EnableUnofficialOverclocking" feature of Afterburner to get past the limitations of Catalyst Control Center?Quote

21-12-2010, 05:49:24

DSV-UltraGL
finally the ASUS!

man, i need some more info!

1- what is a the max voltage in smart doctor?

2- why didn't you use MSI's AfterBurner for OC;ing? ppl are getting higher clocks with that, max i saw @ stock voltages was 980mhz Core, so maybe up the voltage using Smartdoctor and get to 1Ghz (World FIRST!!) using Afterburner??

3-What are the temps? this one has aluminum cover, wanna see how much this one is cooler! before and after OC please!

i know am asking alot, but am barely holding back waiting for those to be in stock (USA), if no diff than other ones (plastic cover) my wait is over! thanx in advance!

EDIT:damn 19 sec diff pyro! Quote
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