HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

Test Setup

HIS HD6970 and HIS HD6950
ASUS Rampage III Extreme
Intel i7 950 @ 4GHz
6GB Mushkin Redline RAM
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Noctua NH-D14
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Because of the "newness" of the cards we're running on the beta Catalyst drivers supplied with the cards. Apparently the 10.12 should be out by the time you read this but as we can't test in the future and don't like to delay our reviews on the off-chance there might be a frame or two improvement in drivers forthcoming, we've used what we had to hand.

For comparative purposes we're putting the best of ATI up against the best of nVidia, the GTX580, the comparison AMD make, the GTX570 and against the last card AMD would have been aware of when designing the HD69 series, the nVidia GTX480. Have Team Red rested on their laurels or really pushed the silicon boat out?

Overclocking and Temperatures

Starting with the HD6950 we can see it's already pretty much at its limits giving up a measly 50MHz overclock. This is a problem we saw in the initial releases of the 6870 and 6850. It's almost like AMD has become allergic to overclockable graphics cards.

HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review  

The HD6970 didn't fare much better giving us 70MHz extra over its stock speeds. Slightly more worrying is the temperatures under load reaching a pretty toasty 88°C. The problem isn't so much that the card is reaching that temperature. It's more that the drivers, with automatic fan control, didn't raise the speed of the fan above 38%.

We don't know about you but we'd much rather an automatic fan control try and keep the card cool rather than waiting until the GPU is in its death-throws before daring to raise the spin speed at all. In some ways we can see why AMD have done it though as even at this slow speed the card is louder than the nVidia efforts. It's not loud as such, just loud-er.

HIS HD6970 & HD6950 Review

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Most Recent Comments

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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