HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

Introduction

It's not often we see a huge shift between various manufacturers. The battle between nVidia and ATI has been a long running one with punch and counter punch made between the two heavyweights.

ATI just about took the lead with the Radeon 9800 Pro, which was quickly beaten out by the incredible GTX8800 Ultra. ATI battled hard with pricing undercutting the nVidia replies from then on, although they were usually just a shade slower as was the case between the GTX285 and HD4870.

This all changed when the HD5870 was released which comprehensively outperformed everything nVidia had to offer. The problems of the GTX480 are well documented but recently everything has been turned upside down. Firstly nVidia released the GTX580 which, besides a reasonably high price, is probably the perfect graphics card. AMD responded with the HD6870 which not only was the first time they've used a x870 number for something other than their high-end card, but also was quite a lot slower than the HD5870.

Last week we looked at the GTX570 from nVidia, their more "for the masses" card and found it to be all things to all men. Today we're looking at the new top-of-the-range cards from AMD, the HD6950 and HD6970 courtesy of HIS Digital.

Technical Specifications

HD6970                                                                        HD6950

HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review     HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

As you can see the difference between the two cards is fairly slight with the 6970 having the expected increase in clock speed and processing units. However when you look at the difference in raw processing power of the two cards it's clear that the HD6970 has a massive advantage. 20% extra FLOPS for a small boost in stream processors and clock speed is mightily impressive and should make a significant difference in the end results.

The positioning of the new cards is especially strange. Given the re-numbering of them by AMD we have expected to see the HD6970 right at the top-end of their line. However, they still show the HD5970 up there. This is more of a GTX575 and GTX550 in comparison terms. We'll have to see if that stands true in the final reckoning.

HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

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15-12-2010, 03:11:34

alienware
Excellent thanks a lot for the effort Tom !

So it was as I thought then. The 6970 does indeed sit between the 470 and 570 and the 570 is now the card to have.

What's a shame is that any one sitting on the side of the bed deciding which woman to spend the night with has now been thrust into the arms of the green bitch. It's going to be a good Christmas for Nvidia... I mean, if you weren't sure before then for £20 less at least then you can be sure now.

Ah well. Good luck to Nvidia. This should keep them from going bankrupt and keep prices fair for us gamers which is, after all, the most important part

Again, thanks for all your effort and hard work. Truly appreciated here Quote

15-12-2010, 03:49:53

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Excellent thanks a lot for the effort Tom !

So it was as I thought then. The 6970 does indeed sit between the 470 and 570 and the 570 is now the card to have.

What's a shame is that any one sitting on the side of the bed deciding which woman to spend the night with has now been thrust into the arms of the green bitch. It's going to be a good Christmas for Nvidia... I mean, if you weren't sure before then for £20 less at least then you can be sure now.

Ah well. Good luck to Nvidia. This should keep them from going bankrupt and keep prices fair for us gamers which is, after all, the most important part

Again, thanks for all your effort and hard work. Truly appreciated here
OC3D is a team effort dude, Bryan had a large part to play as he always does in this one.Quote

15-12-2010, 03:57:13

alienware
Well of course, that goes without saying

Beers all round it is then

Haha this feels kinda weird, but before last night the phrase on the tip of my tongue was

God, I can't wait to see what Nvidia have in response to the 69xx !

It's just a repeat of the 460 really. ATI come back with something barely as good but are late to the party..

Sorry if I missed it Tom, but how big are these cards? they look massive Quote

15-12-2010, 04:02:02

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Well of course, that goes without saying

Beers all round it is then

Haha this feels kinda weird, but before last night the phrase on the tip of my tongue was

God, I can't wait to see what Nvidia have in response to the 69xx !

It's just a repeat of the 460 really. ATI come back with something barely as good but are late to the party..

Sorry if I missed it Tom, but how big are these cards? they look massive
Just about comes to the edge of the Rampage3 they are not that massive.Quote

15-12-2010, 04:03:15

alienware
Ah OK fair enough. It's probably the 6990 that was the Playstation 2 with a big red fan in the end the bigger one Quote
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