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AMD Releasing Radeon HD 6950 1GB for $279?

By - Source: X-bit Labs | B 29 comments

Although AMD hasn't released an official announcement, manufacturers are already listing Radeon HD 6950 1 GB cards.

Although AMD has yet to release an official press release, X-bit Labs claims that the company plans to release a Radeon HD 6950 1 GB graphics card for $279 here in the States next month. The card will be AMD's answer to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti set to make its debut next week which will also offer a similar price point.

Backing up X-bit's claim, last week another report indicated that Hightech Information System (HIS) would be one of the first manufacturers to launch a Radeon HD 6950 1 GB graphics card. Adding "Fan Edition" to the name, the discreet card will offer a (stock) Cayman GPU clocked at 800 MHz and 5000 MHz GDDR5 memory. It will also come with CrossfireX and Eyefinity support, two DVI ports, one HDMI port, and two mini-DisplayPort connector. The launch date and pricing were not provided, however it was speculated to cost below $300 USD.

Gigebyte and Sapphire have also revealed their cards ahead of schedule (thanks to HIS it seems), however the Gigabyte model codenamed GV-R695OC-1GD will sport an Ultra Durable design (2oz copper PCB, solid capacitors), the three-fan WindForce 3X cooler and a GPU overclocked to 870 MHz. PowerColor and XFX are also lined up to offer their versions when the Radeon HD 6950 1 GB supposedly goes official in mid-February.

Given that we have a couple of weeks before AMD makes the Radeon HD 6950 1 GB card official, the company may decide to lower the pricetag even more. As it stands now, the upcoming 1 GB model will only be $20 cheaper than the 2 GB model already on the market ($299). Although consumers would save a few Hamiltons, would two extra $10 bills in your pocket be worth the performance hit due to halving the memory? Probably not, especially for hi-resolution PC gaming.

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    alextheblue , January 19, 2011 11:31 PM
    Yeah but if it gets down to the $250 mark it might be worth it. We'll see what happens.
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    sseyler , January 19, 2011 11:41 PM
    alextheblueYeah but if it gets down to the $250 mark it might be worth it. We'll see what happens.

    True. The HD 5870 with a custom cooler for low $200s is the best deal right now.
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    liquidsnake718 , January 19, 2011 11:49 PM
    this is similar to the 5850 or 5750 in preformance?
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    aznguy0028 , January 19, 2011 11:53 PM
    liquidsnake718this is similar to the 5850 or 5750 in preformance?

    It's faster. The 6870's performance was between the 5850 and 5870.
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    JohnnyLucky , January 20, 2011 12:14 AM
    Hmmm....I wonder how reducing the amount of memory will affect performance.
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    4745454b , January 20, 2011 12:19 AM
    Not much which is why the 1GB card is supposed to sell for only $20 less. Most of us are still on 1680x1050 or 1920x1080(or 1200) screens so the 1GB less of Vram means nothing to us. I'd only worry about having 2GBs of Vram if you are on an Eyefinity type setup. Then it will matter. The 5870 for low to mid $200s is a good deal, but they should be drying up.

    I'm not sure I would have gone this route. I probably would have just price adjusted the 6870 unless its performance is so much behind the GTX560.
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    sykozis , January 20, 2011 1:08 AM
    With games using more and more vram....that 1GB card is going to suffer in the not so distant future. World of Warcraft can already use upwards of 850mb of vram according to MSI Afterburner. I would expect this to increase as graphics updates are released... 1GB of vram is quickly becoming a minimum....anything less really limits graphics detail, especially at higher resolutions (1920x1080 and higher).
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    joelmartinez , January 20, 2011 1:08 AM
    as said previously if this card hits 250 will have a good one, as is a 6950 2gb would be a better choice, unless gaming below 1920x1080
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    DXRick , January 20, 2011 1:25 AM
    Given that the 5870 2G version is $100 more than the 1G version, and the 6950 is selling for $300 on Newegg, we can extrapolate the price of the 6950 1G at around $229 (factoring the coeffecient of the price difference and multiplying that by Pi).
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    rohitbaran , January 20, 2011 1:30 AM
    Well, I read someplace else that it would be Radeon 6970 that would be launched with 1 GB RAM and at a price tag of $279. It seemed too good to be true. Looks like it was too good to be true.
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    IzzyCraft , January 20, 2011 1:34 AM
    Without the 2 gig frame buffer it will hurt some of it's redeeming qualities that allowed it to get high aa values and resolutions which bench happy sites would lead people on. (But i guess it's alright with AMD "optimizing" everything now by default why not)
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    Scott2010au , January 20, 2011 1:54 AM
    5 GHz x 256-bit ring bus = 1280000000000 bits per second (max)

    x / 8 / 1024 / 1024 / 1024 = Just over 149 GB/sec

    That's still in the 125 GB/sec ballpark of previous generation cards, however the GPU enhancements may increase the efficiency of that figure and leverage it in previously unviable ways - thanks to improvements in lithography!

    If they're not 256-bit wide buses (or 8 x 32 bit buses), let me know!
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    ProDigit10 , January 20, 2011 4:36 AM
    If this is called a 'discrete card', I would like to know what is less discrete?

    Also, the ram is running at 6x the cpu speed???

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    RazberyBandit , January 20, 2011 5:23 AM
    At $260-270, I think a 1GB version is viable, as it would be right between the 6870 (1GB & $230) and 6950 2GB ($299). At $280, I have to agree with you, Kevin - the 6950 2GB becomes very attractive at only $20 more.
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    bystander , January 20, 2011 5:34 AM
    I can tell a difference between 1GB and 2GB on a couple occasions at 1920x1200. The most noticeable is in Dirt2 in the LA stadium. They have so much in the stadium, without 2gb, the frames get crushed in the inner stadium area. I've noticed a couple other areas that were really choppy in Dragon Age Origin expansion, in one of the later dungeons which went away with more vram.

    But for the most part, people won't notice a difference.
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    martel80 , January 20, 2011 5:35 AM
    ProDigit10the ram is running at 6x the cpu speed???
    No, it is not. DDR means two transfers per clock cycle. DDR 5 means that the RAM is clocked at 1/5 the speed but gets written to 5 memory cells at once (increasing throughput at the given clock speed but not improving latency [in ns] at all, meaning higher latency in cycles). They tend to multiply the base clock by 2 (for DDR) then by another 5 for DDR5 but its still clocked 10 times less.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 20, 2011 6:01 AM
    Article should read AMD Releasing Radeon HD 6970 1GB for $279?

    Wasn't there a BIOS hack mentioned that would turn the 6950 into the 6970? That's where I'm going with this comment.
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    rhino13 , January 20, 2011 10:41 AM
    I'm impressed with the 69xx cards they are very competitive.
    But I'm sad that AMD has to go dual GPU to even compete at the high end :( 
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    g00fysmiley , January 20, 2011 11:15 AM
    for 20 bucks nto worth it... now throw it down a 50 spot to 250 as said and its a good addition to the lineup... though i don't think it'll do eyefinity so well with 1 gig of ram
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    forsayken , January 20, 2011 12:03 PM
    I'm curious to see if the 1GB model features dual BIOS and can be flashed to 6970 specs. That would make the 1GB model a dealbreaker if it didn't have this - unless it was $250. The 2GB model can be flashed up to 6970 spec in less than 10 minutes. At the cost of only 2-4 degrees of heat, you get a 10-15% performance boost.
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