AMD's Mobility Radeon HD 6970 In CrossFire On Eurocom's Panther

Conclusion

While Eurocom’s Panther 2.0 has given us class-leading mobile game performance since the middle of last year, today’s build focuses on its new AMD Radeon HD 6970M CrossFire option, which the company says it co-developed with AMD. This Radeon HD 6970M CrossFire configuration provides similar performance to Nvidia’s high-end GeForce GTX 480M in SLI, for around half the price.

The real star in the above chart appears to be the GeForce GTX 470M SLI, offering an 8% performance improvement at around 2/3 the price of its GTX 480M SLI predecessor. Yet, the point of high-end graphics is to play at high resolutions and settings, so we should probably show how these configurations compare at the panel’s native 1920x1080 resolution before handing out any crowns.

We noticed that the Radeon HD 6970M appeared CPU-bottlenecked at lower resolutions, and reducing our comparison to the panel’s native resolution puts this in perspective. At 1920x1080, the Radeon HD 6970M CrossFire provides similar performance to the GeForce GTX 470M SLI, yet costs roughly 18% less. Matched performance at reduced cost looks like an AMD win to us.

Yet, as nice as the HD 6970M appears in CrossFire, the single-card configuration is where it truly excels. A whopping 17% lead over a single GeForce GTX 470M gives hope to mid-budget mobile gamers, while hinting at the true potential of CrossFire, should scaling be improved by future drivers.

Our special thanks goes to Eurocom for providing its Panther 2.0 with the extra hardware required to make this comparison possible.

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  • haxs101
    5292$... Are you kidding me!!
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  • dogman_1234
    Yikes!
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  • Crashman
    dogman_1234Yikes!
    What, you don't have a $180,000 car sitting in front of your $5m mansion?
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  • fstrthnu
    This is even more absurd than the other recent power gaming notebook that was tested. You could save almost $500 by using Sandy Bridge instead of the old i7s, for the same performance. Even Falcon Mach V's usually don't get this expensive. This is absolutely ridiculous
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  • Crashman
    fstrthnuThis is even more absurd than the other recent power gaming notebook that was tested. You could save almost $500 by using Sandy Bridge instead of the old i7s, for the same performance. Even Falcon Mach V's usually don't get this expensive. This is absolutely ridiculous
    No you couldn't. Because as of CES when these cards launched, nobody produced a dual-graphics module chassis for the Sandy Bridge.
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  • one-shot
    There are the battery life graphs that I love! Thanks for adding those to the laptop review! My first laptop was a P4 Northwood that barely got 90 minutes of battery life. This one is insane!
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  • _Pez_
    Insane and impossible to get and pay in Mëxico :( ....
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  • Maziar
    First of all,great review ! I was desperately waiting for 6970M review from Tom's.
    The overall performance is quite good especially in single mode which it's faster than both GTX 470M/480M.I think if AMD pays more attention to mobile drivers, then 2 of this cards should perform better.
    About the price,well not everyone configures the laptop with i7 980x.Websites usually test the high-end specs in order to reduce the bottleneck and let the laptop run at its full potential.
    I've read that Sager will soon release a model with mobile Sandy bridge CPUs along with 1 6970M and it won't be very expensive I think.
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  • tacoslave
    CrashmanWhat, you don't have a $180,000 car sitting in front of your $5m mansion?


    Duh of course, we all do but i mean 32 bedrooms IS kinda small. On a serious note, wtf 5k seriously? I could build a desktop and hook it up to a small generator for 1.5k and get at least 4 hours of power than pay 5k for 20min Fuk that $hit.
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  • christop
    Who is buying this? I bet it weights 50 lbs. Nice battery life of 22 minutes.
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  • sparky2010
    You know what really gets to me.. AMD really markets the whole 1.3 teraflops, and 2.7 teraflops.. but at the end of the day, nvidia, with a lot less flop, overpowers AMD's cards... so where does all of tha processing power go in AMD's cards?
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  • stingstang
    Looks like AMD hit the sweet spot in their mobile graphics division...FINALLY. I'd like to know what the price difference is between the 6970m and the 460m. It probably won't change the 460m pricing, but I'm willing to bet Nvidia snapped their fingers and said, "Damn, we can't milk our mobile cards for 4 times what they're worth anymore."
    Seriously, how could they charge 800 dollars or some such crap for half the power of their 600 dollar cards?
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  • darkchazz
    Who the Fu** would pay for this :/
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  • Helltech
    This... is sad. I don't know why anyone would want this, especially for that price.
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  • alidan
    stingstangLooks like AMD hit the sweet spot in their mobile graphics division...FINALLY. I'd like to know what the price difference is between the 6970m and the 460m. It probably won't change the 460m pricing, but I'm willing to bet Nvidia snapped their fingers and said, "Damn, we can't milk our mobile cards for 4 times what they're worth anymore."Seriously, how could they charge 800 dollars or some such crap for half the power of their 600 dollar cards?


    it does sound like they are screwing you, at first. but you have to think about it. with a full size card, they have how much space and cooling to work with? and how much space do they have with a notebook? pluss less people buy a notbook that high powered, so they have to recupe the costs of production somehow.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    The cost is way out of my price range.
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  • jimishtar
    "These desktop replacement notebooks are designed to run primarily from a wall outlet anyway"

    So all of your that cry about the battery life, the price, the weight.... its an elite desktop replacement. It was never meant to be power efficient, lightweight nor cheap. You don't buy this kinda stuff cause u need it - you buy it cause u don't.
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  • dkaral
    Should be compared to GTX 485M. Remember 485M is around 40% faster than a 480M according to notebookcheck.
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  • Reynod
    $5G for a high end gaming laptop is what you would expect to pay.

    A bit of a written rule over the years for me is that you can build the best PC for $5000 (with all of the performance bits but ditch the teenage blinged up case) ... it still applies.

    Crunch the numbers for yourself and include CF or SLI and you will see it works.

    $5G in a laptop fors out the best "mobile" money can buy ... will this is about right ... unless you want a bigger SSD I guess.

    Nice article crash.
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  • rolli59
    Just need a portable generator to go with it (at that price they could throw one in for free)
    On a more serious note just get a desktop!
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